Jim Egan, who served Grandview Heights for more than a decade as a council member -- and served unofficially for much longer -- died Oct. 28.

Egan was a Grandview City Council member from 1976-82 and again from 1996-2003.

"Jim loved his city and devoted many years to serving the community," said Colleen Sexton, a council member with Egan in 1998-99 before she was elected mayor in 1999.

"The No. 1 thing about Jim was that he was always concerned first and foremost about what was best for the citizens of Grandview Heights," Sexton said.

"He put his heart and soul into his role on council."

Egan was instrumental in convincing her to run for council, she said.

"He was one of the few allies I had on city council and as mayor," Sexton said. "Whenever we had a discussion and he told me something, I trusted him. He always did a lot of research on an issue. He wanted to make sure that whatever decision he made was the right one."

Mayor Ray DeGraw served on council with Egan from 2000-03.

"Jim loved the community, that's for sure," DeGraw said. "Anyone who worked as hard on council as he did, you know they cared about their community."

That devotion to Grandview continued after Egan left council, DeGraw said.

"He always stayed engaged in what was going on," he said. "He always wanted to stay up to date on the issues and he'd email you with his thoughts about what should be done. I always enjoyed talking to him.

"Some people don't stay involved in the city after they leave office," he said. "Jim did."

Sexton said she will always remember Egan for "his wisdom, his friendship and that great smile."

Egan was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Navy, and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, VFW Post 15236, American Legion and the American and Central Ohio management associations.

He was preceded in death by daughters Sharon Sue Hastings and Vickie Lee Egan. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; sons, James Joseph "Butch" (Jackie) Egan and Michael Patrick Egan; sister Joan Canter; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., with the Rev. Wade Giffin officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

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