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Cleveland loses a legend in Arnold R. Pinkney

James W. Wade III | 1/15/2014, 9:18 a.m. | Updated on 1/16/2014, 12:21 p.m.
“Arnold Pinkney leaves behind a legacy of public service and dedication to others that should serve as a testament to ...
Arnold R. Pinkney

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge said in a statement, “The Cleveland community has lost a remarkable public servant who cared deeply about the future of our children and the well-being of all people. Mr. Pinkney has been a friend and an astute political mentor to many, including me. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Betty, his daughter Traci and all other members of his family.”

“The life of Arnold Pinkney reflects the time in which he lived,” said Mayor Frank Jackson. “He was a champion for equality and an advocate for Cleveland’s children. His work in politics, education and business was driven by a passion to improve our community. He was my advisor on the campaign trail, but more importantly, he was a friend and a confidant. He will be missed.”

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President Alicia Reece said they are planning a special day to recognize Pinkney this upcoming Feb. 19 in Columbus. “Pinkney leaves a legacy of public service,” she said.

“Arnold Pinkney leaves behind a legacy of public service and dedication to others that should serve as a testament to the way he lived his life,” said Kym Sellers, radio personality and founder of the Kym Sellers Foundation, where Pinkney served as chairman of the board. “He was a great leader and dear friend who will be missed by all of us. The best way of honoring him is by continuing the strong legacy he leaves. Let us remember the goodness he brought to everyone, including his tireless efforts and commitment in support of the vision and mission of The Kym Sellers Foundation by helping individuals and their families that are affected by Multiple Sclerosis.”

Arrangements for Pinkney will be held with a 10 a.m. wake followed by an 11 a.m. service on Saturday, Jan. 18. at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church , 8712 Quincy Ave.

The body will lay in state on Friday at Boyd’s Funeral Home on 89th Street and Cedar Avenue. The family is asking in lieu of flowers to please make donations to the University Hospital Siedman Cancer Center.