Thanks to Ed Morrison for his tweet about the very sad and untimely death of Ed Hauser. I’m not 100% certain that I’d ever met Ed Hauser in person, but many people whom I respect respected Ed. Here’s the Plain Dealer’s current entry on Ed and an excerpt:
For the past 10 years, Ed Hauser threw his entire life into saving the green corner of Whiskey Island, a peninsula with grassy fields and meadows on Lake Erie at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.
As the head of Friends of Whiskey Island, Hauser collected signatures on petitions, attended too many public meetings to count and spent money from his retirement plan in a campaign to preserve the 20 acres as a park and block expansion plans by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.
Known as “Citizen Hauser” and the “Mayor of Whiskey Island,” Hauser enjoyed seeing people use what became the county-owned Wendy Park in 2005, which has a marina, beach restaurant, sand volleyball courts and became home to several festivals.
Besides Whiskey Island, he also served as a citizen watchdog on port authority activities, championed a steel museum in Steelyard Commons and was vocal about Cleveland’s lakefront plans.
It wasn’t unusual to see him at a public meeting about the proposed medical mart.
A 2006 documentary called “Citizen Hauser” chronicled his dogged activism.
“Ed Hauser made this world a better place, not always with his causes, but with his attitude towards people,” Stahurski said. “Even his enemies liked him.”
Michael D. Roberts, a free-lance writer in Orange, got to know Hauser last year as he worked on a story about the port authority. He called him “the most influential activist of the last decade in this town.”
Talk about living a life that made a difference.
The comments there testify to what I’ve heard from others about what a tireless, full of passion for Cleveland kind of person Ed was. Sigh – 47. Done too soon. My sympathies to his family and friends.