Kind words for the late Columbiana County Sheriff Beresford

To the editor:

Last week Columbiana County lost one of its foremost citizens, former County Sheriff Robert “Brass” Beresford of Wellsville.

Brass loved his God and his family. He served his country as a Marine in both World War II and the Korean War. He was truly a member of “The Greatest Generation.” As such he asked for nothing and for no advantage in return for his service, only for the opportunity to raise his family in freedom and peace.

As a lawman, he rose from the rank of city patrolman to county sheriff. He earned every position and along the way, the respect and affection of all who knew him.

Sheriff Beresford was a good citizen — active in community affairs and organizations. He knew that participation is the lifeblood of a community, and he and his wonderful life partner and spouse Bonnie were a remarkable team.

In retirement, Bonnie and Brass had the best of both worlds. They traveled extensively and, when at home, they had a loving family around them. Brass used to say, with a twinkle in his eye, “When Bonnie and I travel, we are spending our kids’ inheritance.” Their loving “kids” would not have had it any other way.

The world is a better place because of the life of The Sheriff. Humble, kind, caring, with a pleasant sense of humor, Brass had the good judgment and effectiveness of the best law enforcement officer. He leaves a solid legacy which will not soon be forgotten.

C. Ashley Pike,

Winona

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