Last month, 66-year-old Robert Brundage was riding his bicycle home from a Jobs with Justice meeting at the library in Toledo’s Old West End neighborhood.
Around 6:30 p.m., he was knocked off his bike by a 15-year-old who lives nearby; the teen stole Brundage’s bicycle. Brundage died.
Brundage was well-known to many in the city – he was often seen riding his bike, or attending board or other meetings for the Collingwood Arts Center, the Toledo Poetry Foundation, the Urban Coalition, the MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Area Jobs With Justice Coalition, Community Shares of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Grows, Toledo Central City Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation, the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, and the Toledo Metroparks, The Blade reported.
His death has shocked and horrified many in the city and especially in his Old West End neighborhood.
The OWE is the city’s most distinctive neighborhood, made up of stately Victorian and Arts & Crafts homes where Captains of Industry once lived. It has a reputation as an area for young folks, gay people, artsy-types, bike riders, and is probably the city’s most racially integrated neighborhood, where black and white residents live side by side. It is a central-city area surrounded by largely low-income areas.
I don’t know what more I can say about this terrible crime.
Brundage’s memorial service is set for July 24 at the Collingwood Arts Center.