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Former Akron Mayor Tom Sawyer dies at 77

Tom Sawyer
Posted at 3:08 PM, May 23, 2023

Akron politician Tom Sawyer died at 77 after battling a long-term illness.

Sawyer was a politician for about 40 years; he served as mayor of Akron, as well as a member of U.S. Congress, State Board of Education and the Ohio Senate.

Sawyer was elected as Akron mayor in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and daughter, Amanda, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Calling hours for Sawyer are planned for July 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. and July 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Billow's Funeral Home, 85 N. Miller Road. A funeral service will be held at noon on July 12 at Billow's, and a celebration of life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cedars, 507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation.

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