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John Carson

June 30, 1939 — September 28, 2015

John Howard Carson, passed away on September 28, 2015. After spending 33 years in publishing, John retired to his hometown in 1999 and became active in several Berlin Heights organizations. He was 75. Born June 30, 1939 in Lorain, to the late Helen (Howard) and W. Ellis Carson, of Berlin Heights, he graduated from Berlin Heights High School in 1957. He then attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL, where he served as sports editor of the Daily Northwestern and earned a BSJ in 1961 and MSJ in 1962. He married Sue Lucas June 23, 1962 in Omaha, NE. They had three children, Michael, of Avon Lake, Jeffrey (Marcia Bruya), of Vashon, WA, and Rebecca (Christopher) Ford, of Whistler, B.C., Canada, and two grandchildren, Evan and Sarah Ford. Sue passed away on January 27, 2002. He then married Patricia (Ballash) Grant on February 14, 2003. She brought son Donald (Jennifer) Grant, of Milan Township, daughters Kathy Knox, of Norwalk, and Lucinda Grant, of Lancaster, NY, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren to the union. He started his career with four years as assistant sports editor of The News Palladium in Benton Harbor, MI. In 1966 the family moved to Bay Village, where they would spend the next 33 years. He served as sports copy and makeup editor of The Plain Dealer for nearly four years and as a part-time Plain Dealer sportswriter for another nine years. He joined the staff of a fledgling magazine, Industry Week, in 1970. During the 30 years at Industry Week, he held several titles, including associate managing editor, news editor, and feature editor. He was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland in 1995 and 1996 for writing the best headline in an Ohio professional magazine. At various times he served as president of the Northwestern University Club of Greater Cleveland, the Berlin Heights High School Alumni Association, the Berlin Heights Kiwanis Club, Berlin Heights Historical Society, and the Berlin Echoes retirees group. He was also a trustee of the First Congregational UCC in Berlin Heights, was the original director of the Berlin Heights Community Center and was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Private services will be held. Arrangemnents are entrusted to Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, Berlin Heights. Online condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com
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