Former assistant fire chief remembered by protégé firefighters

Herbert H. "Skip" McElravy, who served as Streetsboro's Assistant Fire Chief several years before retiring in 1989, was remembered by the community last week, with a funeral service May 8 at Streetsboro United Methodist Church.

He died May 3.

Streetsboro Firefighter Ed McCormack said he worked with Mr. McElravy for seven years.

"He was the fire instructor for the fire department," said McCormack. "The majority of the guys who came on got certified though him."

Streetsboro Fire Lt. Kevin Grimm said he was also trained by Mr. McElravy.

"He was soft-spoken," said Grimm. "He definitely loved the job and even after he retired he would still come in from time to time to talk about good old days. He was just a really nice guy. It's sad to see him go."

McCormack said Mr. McElravy's demeanor didn't change at fire scenes.

"He was always relaxed," said McCormack. "He just always knew what the job was that had to get done."

Having a calm clear-headed person is important at the scene of fires, he added.

Mr. McElravy was born July 1, 1940 in Akron to Herbert and Ruby (Drown) McElravy. He served his community as a Boy Scout leader before joining the Streetsboro Fire Department, which he served for 21 years.

He was an active member of the Streetsboro United Methodist Church, where he served as chair of the trustees and was in the Men's Club. He and his wife, Nancy owned and operated Post Products Inc. in Kent for 30 years.

As a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of more than 53 years, Nancy (Price); daughters Lisa (Leo) Carrillo of Avon Park, Fla. and Tina McElravy of Cleveland; son Jay (Katherine) McElravy of Ravenna; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Violet Sharp of Cuyahoga Falls; and brother Donald McElravy of Streetsboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carrie Yustin.

The funeral took place May 8 at Streetsboro United Methodist Church with the Rev. Byron George officiating.

Interment followed in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Streetsboro United Methodist Church.

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