CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -A fitting tribute on Saturday as a Cleveland Heights business owner and friendly face is remembered by his community.
The name and memory of Jim Brennan is now honored at a baseball field in Forest Hill Park in the city. Field number five will now be known as ‘Jim Brennan Field.’
In addition, the second weekend in July is traditionally All-Star Softball weekend at Forest Hill Park. The city said it will now be called Brennan All-Star weekend.
"Jim would hate that we are doing this right now, without a doubt, but he really did deserve it,” said Kathy Murphy, Brennan’s fiancé.
Bagpipes played as part of the dedication.
"JB was just the type of person who would do anything for anybody he came in contact with, he was just a wonderful person,” said Mike Keenan, a friend of Brennan’s.
The four men involved in the murder pleaded guilty and were sentenced in March.
But Brennan’s memory lives on, through his family, friends, his work at The Colony, and through his giving spirit.
"Anybody that met him became his friend,” said Larry Shaw, former Parks and Recreation Commissioner for Cleveland Heights.
Brennan loved giving back to the community, not just through Brennan’s Colony, but he also supported the city’s recreation programs.
"He helped us sponsor teams, he helped, made donations to our youth hockey teams, tournaments, he held events at the Colony,” Shaw said.
Anyone will tell you that Saturday’s tribute was fitting, and one that JB would have been proud of.
"He'd say he didn't need it, but behind the scenes he would smile,” Shaw said.
Field number five will be from now on highlighted as “Jim Brennan Field.”
"This really was a fantastic idea and it really hits home, literally hits home,” said Rachel Williams, who goes to The Colony every Tuesday.