The City of Dayton dedicated the North Findlay Street Bridge in honor of former city commissioner and 1951 Chaminade High School alumnus Richard A. Zimmer Tuesday, March 1, during a morning ceremony.
Family, friends, and members of the CJ community including the Eagle Pep Band were on hand to celebrate the permanent designation of the Richard A. Zimmer Memorial Bridge, named in honor of Dayton’s longest-tenured city commissioner.
"Commissioner Zimmer served the city of Dayton and the people of this community faithfully for so many years," said Dan Meixner, president. "He cared about all of his constituents, powerful people and everyday folks alike, and we know he made this city better."
As a native Daytonian, Zimmer served the city for 21 years spanning four decades from 1978 to 2005 before passing away in April 2010 at age 77. The bridge, which crosses the Mad River, fittingly links areas of northeast and southeast Dayton where he spent most of his life.
"I bet that the brothers and the priests who taught him at Chaminade were waiting to greet him when he showed up in heaven," Meixner added.
Survived by wife Mary Ann, a 1952 graduate of Julienne high school, and their nine children, the commissioner's family members participated in the ceremony by unveiling two new signs and sharing memories of the former commissioner’s commitment to public service on what would have been his 78th birthday. In honor of the occasion, CJ’s band led the large crowd that gathered for the dedication in the “Happy Birthday” song.
Following the ceremony on Findlay Street, Chaminade alumni of 1950, 1951 and 1952 were welcomed back to Chaminade Julienne High School for an on-campus luncheon at the corner Franklin and Ludlow Streets.