Hall of Fame
The Elyria Township Hall of Fame was formed to honor former and current Elyria Township residents for “outstanding accomplishments” in the following six specific areas: philanthropy; public service; music and fine arts; business; industry and professions; education and religion; and sports and athletics.
The following guidelines shall be used by the Elyria Township Hall of Fame in the judging and selection of applicants for candidacy in the Elyria Township Hall of Fame.
1. Eligibility of nominations shall be limited to those resident nominees who qualify under one of the following guidelines.
a. Nominee resides in Elyria Township.
b. Nominee may be deceased.
c. Those who do not meet the residence requirements under a., but who have been active in Elyria Township for a period of at least five years and whose outstanding service warrants consideration.
2. There shall be no restrictions related to education, religion, sex, race or nationality.
3. Nominees must have a good record of continuous good moral character. Nominee may be subject to a confidential background and reference check.
4. Anyone shall be given the opportunity to submit nominations at any time for consideration to the Elyria Township Hall of Fame. Please refer to the Nomination Procedure for instructions.
5. Application will be active in the Elyria Township Hall of Fame for a minimum of five years.
To allow for proper consideration of all applications, only those received prior to June 30 of any year will be processed and judged for the next induction class, which will be held in October at the Township Hall.
2017 ELYRIA TOWNSHIP HALL OF FAME RECIPIENT: ROBERT J. REPAS
Bob passed away at the age of 83 years old. I believe Bob lived multiple lives and had many careers. I think that is what kept him going for many, many years. The grass certainly did not under Bob’s feet. He did not waste his time or delay in doing anything. He was always busy. Bob and his wife Bonnie provided voluntary and paid services for the residents of Elyria and Elyria Township for a long time. They both served their community well. Bob was on the Elyria City School Board for many years and served as President for two terms. He served as the Elyria Township Clerk and retitled to Elyria Township Fiscal Officer since 2008. Mr. Repas was involved in many projects for Elyria Township including the nature preserve, joining NOPEC, and the sale of the cell tower to purchase a new engine for the fire department. Bob was certainly a friend to the fire department as well as each and every resident in Elyria Township. He will be sorely missed by all.
All of this praise is not to say Bob was perfect. He was a man, a human, and therefore made mistakes just as we all do in life. The great thing about Bob was he was humble enough to admit when he made a mistake and to learn from it. As many of you know, he was not always the easiest person to work with. This may be a shock to some, but Bob was a little on the stubborn side. Bob was also a negotiator and was willing to compromise for the better good of the people. He cared deeply for his family, coworkers, neighbors, and his fellow-man.
Robert J. Repas is more than qualified and deserving of being inducted into the Elyria Township Hall of Fame. Thank you, Mr. Repas, for your friendship and professionalism. Rest in peace.
~Former Fire Chief Brian D. Bell