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Friends remember community leader Bodor

WARREN — Described by others as being “community-minded,” “hardworking” and having “a great sense of humor,” friends remembered Warren resident Frank R. Bodor, who died Friday at 88.

In addition to being a well-known area attorney, Bodor was also very active in many community organizations and civic groups.

Meghan Reed, executive director of the Trumbull County Historical Society, said Bodor and his wife, Gina, were very active members for more than 20 years with the historical society, taking part in historic community programs and activities.

“The two of them worked very hard and helped secure multiple grants for the society for renovation of the John Stark Edwards House,” she said.

Reed said Frank Bodor was very community oriented and focused on making Warren a place that showcased local history.

“He loved being involved in the community and doing whatever he could to make Warren a better place. He even had his law office located in the middle of the community he loved to serve,” she said.

Reed said Bodor had a very uplifting and positive attitude, getting involved and helping in whatever ways he could with the historical society.

“While Gina served as

president, he was always there as a very active member and supporter,” Reed said.

In addition to involvement with the historical society, Bodor was very active in promoting the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.

Susan Davenny Wyner, music director and conductor with the Warren Philharmonic, said “Frank was extraordinarily dedicated to the orchestra and worked tirelessly to help promote and showcase it.”

He had served as president and trustee of the orchestra.

She said she recalls how Bodor would always thank the orchestra members at the end of each show for their work and time putting on performances for the public.

Wyner said Bodor worked constantly to have programs available so local children could receive free music lessons.

“History was very important to him, and he knew the orchestra was a very important part of our community. He really was a people’s person who everyone enjoyed spending time with,” she said.

Wyner said she always enjoyed Bodor’s “country boy sense of humor.”

“It was not only an honor and a joy to know him, but to be able to spend time talking with him at so many community events. He always had a marvelous sense of humor,” Wyner said.

Bodor obtained a bachelor of arts degree in music and choral conducting from Capital University and a juris doctorate degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1956.

He practiced law for 63 years, representing hundreds of clients.

From 1959 to his death, he served as a general-law practitioner with active trial experience in nearly every field of law, but developed an expertise in eminent domain law, having tried hundreds of appropriation cases.

Between 1962 and 1972, he served as director of music at Howland Community Church.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and one hour prior to the 5:30 p.m. funeral Thursday, both at the Peter Rossi Memorial Chapel.

Donations may be made to the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, P.O. Box 8507, Warren, 44484 or www.warrenphilharmonic.org.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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