April 18, 2014

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Man found hanged in Sheffield park

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE — The longtime president of United Auto Workers Local 2000 is dead of an apparent suicide.

Avon Lake resident Tim Donovan, 56, was found hanging in French Creek Reservation on French Creek Road about 6:55 p.m. , according to Police Chief Larry Bliss. Donovan, of the 200 block of Jaycox Road, left a suicide note and was found in woods about 50 yards from where his car was parked, Bliss said.

Donovan began work at the former Ford plant in Lorain before transferring to the plant in Avon Lake when it opened in 1973, said Mayor John Hunter, Local 2000 president from 1970 to 1984 and from 1986 to 1987. Hunter said he knew Donovan for 40 years and they were close friends.

Donovan had been Local 2000 president since 1998 and was re-elected in May, said Hunter who is president of the Local 2000 retirees chapter. Hunter said Donovan – whom Avon police said attempted suicide in his home on Jan. 30 – volunteered to work on union committees and was dedicated to representing rank and file workers.

“Tim was hardworking (and) honest. A very loving father and a very kind person,” Hunter said. “It’ll be a loss for me Tim not being here.”

See Friday’s Chronicle-Telegram for additional details.