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File #: 0167X-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/9/2020 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 11/16/2020 Final action: 11/19/2020
Title: To celebrate the life, legacy and service of David Eugene Francis and extend our deepest condolences to his family on his passing; Wednesday, October 28th 2020.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Emmanuel V. Remy, Shannon G. Hardin

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To celebrate the life, legacy and service of David Eugene Francis and extend our deepest condolences to his family on his passing; Wednesday, October 28th 2020.

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WHEREAS, the members of Columbus City Council extend this resolution of expression to honor the life, legacy, and service of Mr. David Francis who passed-away on Wednesday, October 28th 2020; and

WHEREAS, Mr. David Francis was born on March 22nd 1957 in Columbus, Ohio to the marital union of Chester and Pearl Francis; and

WHEREAS, David grew up on the southeast side of Columbus; participating in the recreation program at Kent Elementary, playing reserve basketball at Roosevelt Jr. High School and becoming a proud graduate of South High School in 1975; and

WHEREAS, David attended Union Grove Baptist Church as a young man and would later accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior through a friend who was a minister; and

WHEREAS, David developed an interest in the culinary arts which began with his first job in downtown Columbus at the Lazarus Department Store within “The Chintz Room” Restaurant - It was there that he met and would develop a longtime friendship with William “Bill” Williams Sr. -

After leaving Lazarus, Bill reached out to David and asked him to become a manager and a chef at his new restaurant, “The Marble Gang“, located on Mt Vernon Avenue on the near east side of Columbus - David served in this capacity until the Marble Gang closed; from there he went on to serve as the Special Events Manager for Glory Foods which was an outgrowth of the Marble Gang’s success; and

WHEREAS, David was a quiet fun loving individual, he liked sports and was a die-hard fan of the Cleveland Browns; cooking was also one of his greatest passions; he would often cater graduations, birthdays, wedding receptions and holiday parties for family and friends - David also loved seeing people enjoy the food he created and he had a passion for supporting his family in everything they did - David a...

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