Gilmartin to share memories

Staff report


Thomas Gilmartin Jr., son of longtime state Rep. Thomas P. Gilmartin Sr., will recall his life with his father and the famous people he has met in a Memories of a Lifetime series program at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kravitz Deli’s meeting room, 3135 Belmont Ave.

The event is sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. Admission is a $5 donation. Reservations are required; call Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277. Walk-ins will be admitted based on availability.

Gilmartin was born in Youngstown and graduated from St. Bonaventure Preparatory School, Sturtevant, Wis.; and Marquette University, Milwaukee. He was a district examiner for the Ohio Lottery, an E.F. Hutton vice-president and an agent for Prudential-Basche Securities. Currently, Gilmartin is associated with Capital Finance Group.

A civic activist, he has served on the Youngstown Playhouse board of advisers. Gilmartin serves as a lector at St. Columba Cathedral and has appeared in numerous community theatrical productions. His coaching career includes assistant varsity soccer coach for the University of Akron.

The WHMHS will sell its new DVD, “William Holmes McGuffey: America’s Schoolmaster,” at the lecture.

The society provides public programming to keep alive the legacy of McGuffey, who was the author of the groundbreaking Eclectic Readers, published in 1836 and still in print. His homestead is a National Historic Landmark in Coitsville Township. Now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve, it was donated to Mill Creek Metroparks by the WHMHS in 1998.

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