William Eldredge

William Eldredge

Hudson - William Buth Eldredge was born April 16, 1928, in Chicago, IL, son of William Strickland Eldredge and Frieda Buth Eldredge. He graduated from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago and from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and began his professional career in 1953 with the Sherwin-Williams Company, with which he was associated for 40 years. Beginning in Personnel at the Chicago plant, he moved to the Cleveland headquarters in Labor Relations, and then to management in the Sales Division, heading the S-W stores in the Northeast from Newark, NJ. Called back to Cleveland, he organized marketing research for the company, leading to being named president of the Stores Division. Subsequently, he was a Group Vice President and President of the International Division, retiring in 1993. He married Patricia Sawyier in 1960. Their first child Tamesin Lee was born in Cleveland, and their second William Sawyier in New Jersey. He and Pat traveled extensively after his retirement, Bill saying that in the traveling he had done with Sherwin-Williams he had seen only factories, stores and airports. He insisted that they "do the hard ones first" - so they spent the next decade or so in the Middle East (especially Syria and Jordan), Egypt, Israel, multiple trips to Turkey, the Greek islands, and the Greek mainland, Malta, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. They also traveled around North America on study-tours with the Victorian Society in America. Giving back to his community was important to Bill. He served on the Hudson Planning Commission, on the board of his Unitarian-Universalist Church, and as Ministerial Settlement Representative for the UUA in Ohio and Pennsylvania. But the position he valued most was his presidency of the board of the Hudson Library and Historical Society during the time when the organization was deciding to move to the new First and Main, then being planned. Aside from his family, perhaps the two things Bill loved most were Books and Baseball. He was a Chicago Cubs fan from boyhood, carrying scars for the rest of his life from the dining room window he shattered when wildly cheering when Gabby Hartnett hit The Darkness Homer. When he moved to Cleveland, he wholeheartedly embraced the Indians, was a season ticket holder for many years, and, when he could no longer get to the ballpark, seldom missed a game on television or radio. In his later years, he spent much of his day with a book in his hands. Anyone who has seen either of his two favorite reading spaces would be aware that he kept several tomes going at one time - mostly historical, biographical or related to current politics and international relations. Bill is survived by his wife Pat, his children Tamesin and Bill, four extraordinary grandchildren, and a whole slew of caring nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service is planned for the summer. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Eldredge Fund at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library Street, Hudson, OH 44236. Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Hudson, OH. www.johnsonromito.com

Posted online on May 05, 2021