frank Jackson and sam miller

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Sam Miller in 2013.

Reactions to the March 7 death of Sam Miller the co-chairman emeritus of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. in Cleveland came from greater Cleveland, the state of Ohio and beyond:

"Fran and I are saddened at the death of a great Ohioan, and great American, Sam Miller. From growing up poor on the east side of Cleveland, to being one of the prominent businessmen and philanthropists in Ohio’s history, Sam Miller was a larger-than-life figure who never forgot his roots. His interest in the world never ceased. He was always wanting to learn something new. Although he was very busy working, even in his later years, I would always attempt to visit with him when I traveled to Cleveland. Whether it be photos with Israeli political leaders, Catholic clergy, or the world’s most prominent entertainers, his office was a feast for the eyes. Sam’s wisdom, efforts for the Jewish and Catholic communities, and desire to give back to his hometown seemed never-ending. He was truly one of Cleveland’s greatest cheerleaders. Fran and I are lucky to have been among his many friends. We will miss him, and offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends." — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine


“Sam Miller was one of the most important local leaders of our time. He worked across political, religious and racial lines by finding common ground while working on many major projects in our community. Sam was a key to the success of countless efforts that have made this county a better place to live. Sam was one of the most supportive individuals I have ever worked with. He always looked for the best in people.” — Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish


“Sam Miller was one of those unique people and part of his uniqueness is that he knew business, politics and people. It is those attributes that allowed him to be that person, who you could look at and say that Cleveland is what it is today because of what this man did. He is someone who became a friend over a period of time. Sam was a humanitarian, a veteran, a philanthropist and he will be missed by Cleveland and me.” — Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson



































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