When Bob Myron found out it was going to be about minus-56 degrees Fahrenheit for the 1981 AFC Championship game at Riverfront Stadium, his son Patrick thought — and initially hoped — he’d say they’d watch the game at home.
Instead, Patrick recalled his dad say, “Go find everything you own, put it on and let’s go to the game.”
The Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers 27-7 on Jan. 10, 1982, and it took days for Patrick and his dad to defrost.
That is one of the hundreds of memories Fairfield City Councilman Bob Myron’s family and friends have of him, and they need to “hold on to these memories just as a miser would hold on to gold,” said Sacred Heart pastor Father Larry Tharp during Myron’s funeral service Monday.
Myron, who was sworn in as the First Ward City Council member last year, died this last Wednesday after being in the hospital for a medical procedure. He was 76.
He is survived by his wife of 52-plus years, Vicki, his son Patrick Myron, daughter Judy Ash and three grandchildren.
Scores of people paid their respects to Myron and his family during Monday’s visitation at Avance Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church.
“Bob was a big part of the Fairfield community. He was a big advocate for our city,” Tharp said. “Bob was a man who believed in his community, and he didn’t just talk as a man who believed in his community — he acted as one who believed in his community. Fairfield is better for Bob’s presence, and we are all better in Fairfield because Bob cared for all of us.”
Myron grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from Duquesne University and received training from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Harvard Business School. And when he relocated his family to Southwest Ohio more than four decades ago, it wasn’t initially in Fairfield.
Most of his professional career was with Mosler, Inc. in Hamilton, and he retired at the end of 2003. However, he didn’t stay retired as he formed his own consulting firm, Bob Myron & Associates, focusing on marketing and sales programs.
But one would not have known he wasn’t a native just by looking at his volunteer resume: Fairfield Parks and Recreation Board member and vice chair, Fairfield Planning Commission member, Fairfield Community Arts Advisory Committee, and Fairfield City Council member. He also served on the Butler County Mental Health Board (including as president) and the Butler County United Way board.
Patrick Myron said his father’s legacy is almost surreal as he was a “strong advocate” for Fairfield.
“How do I share what he was, how he lived his life and how he impacted to so many people?” he said. “Honestly, I can’t imagine.”
Above all of his education, and community and business involvement, Tharp said Myron “was a family man.
“I figured there would be email in heaven, so why not,” he said. “I told him I loved him and I missed him already. I’m sure he got the message.”
Memorial contributions in memory of Bob Myron may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.