By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview,
CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM CLEVELAND, Ohio - City of Cleveland Director of Community Development Daryl Rush died at his home on the city's east side Tuesday night after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 59.
A memorial mass is set for Saturday, Jan 14 at 10 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 6928 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, where the family will receive friends and others beginning at 9 am.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued a press statement calling Rush "an intelligent man whose leadership guided the development of community partnerships that improved the quality of life for Clevelanders."
Rush was Black and had a calm and cool demeanor but was also "competent in his profession and likable," said Cleveland Urban News.Com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman also a former 14-year Cleveland schools biology teacher and a longtime community activist.
Coleman said she met Rush in her younger years through a friend she was dating at the time, Darryl Niles, also an attorney like Rush.
At the time, said Coleman, who went on to later marry Wesley Maclin Jr, who is now deceased, Rush was dating the then young woman he later married and who survives him, Miriam- Ortiz Rush, also an attorney, and a strong and likable person.
Miriam, said Coleman, served as the chief bailiff for Cleveland Municipal Court Housing Judge Ray Pianka during the time that Coleman's husband, a former Cleveland police officer, was a deputy housing court bailiff under Pianca.
In addition to his wife Miriam, Daryl Rush, a Cleveland native hired by the city in 2004 by then mayor Jane Campbell, is survived by his mother, Gloria Rush; three children, Angel Maldonado, Leticia Maldonado-Pomales and Shaun Lett; and seven grandchildren.
The family asks that donations be made to the African-American Cultural Garden and the Famicos Foundation in lieu of flowers.