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As President of University Circle, Inc., Chris Ronayne regularly brings tours through Lake View Cemetery. “If you don’t see Lake View, you miss a big part of Cleveland,” Chris remarks.
The love Chris has for Lake View is not just a civic one. Chris’s father, James Ronayne, is buried near Wade Pond. “My love of cities definitely comes from my dad. As a young boy, we would ride the bus in Chicago with no destination,” Chris remembers. “Now I know that my dad just wanted me to see all views of the city.”
Although James passed away in 1995, his remains were not buried until 2014. Chris recalls that the family waited, unsure of where the right final resting place for his dad would be, and ultimately the entire Ronayne family. “My dad had such a love for so many places, we weren’t sure what to do. My mom made the decision to put together the family plot at Lake View. It felt like it was meant to be.” The site that they chose was intentional. They are a family who loves the water, living near the Great Lakes their entire lives. Being near the water into perpetuity felt right.
“I have had the opportunity to meet some of the people we will be buried near when the time comes,” Chris says with a smile. “Lake View is truly a story about Cleveland, and here you get to live on forever as neighbors.”
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