Public figures across Ohio expressed fond memories of Massachusettes Senator Edward M. Kennedy and paid tribute to his decades of public service.
Kennedy died late tuesday of brain cancer at age 77.
Governor Ted Strickland knew Kennedy from his years in Congress, and called him the greatest senator this country has ever produced. Strickland said Kennedy's death marks the end of an era.
“It’s kind of sad, obviously, to think about losing him," Strickland said. "But you cannot think about the passing of Ted kennedy without thinking of Robert Kennedy and JFK, his sisters, his oldest brother who gave his life in service of his country. It’s a remarkable family and he was a remarkable man.”
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge said that the Senator was "a champion for justice, advocate for the vulnerable, and proponent of equality, while Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said Kennedy's work on education, health care and other issues will endure.
And on 90.3's The Sound of Ideas this morning, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, a Kennedy family friend, offerred his thoughts.
“I remember the good times and the humor of Senator Kennedy, obviously one of the most significant political figures of the country over the last hundred years. But in a more personal way I just remember the laughter and remember the great times we had together and… I’ll miss him. He was a great friend and a loyal friend.”
Senator Edward M. Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.