Joe Slyman, Founder of Slyman's Deli, Dead At 83

(Cleveland) - The founder of downtown's iconic Slyman's Deli, Joe Slyman, has died. He was 83.

On the deli's Facebook page, they said "Joe's hard work and love for his family of customers gave life and a profound meaning to the American dream. Joe leaves behind a far-reaching legacy of hospitality that continues to be expressed by his wife Mae, and his sons, Moe and Freddie. Whether it was with a hot cup of coffee, a hearty laugh, or a warm handshake, Joe knew how to make someone feel welcomed and appreciated."

The eatery started by Slyman has become an institution, even attracting famous visitors, including sports and political figures when they visited Cleveland. The huge corned-beef sandwiches are now also being served at three Slyman's Tavern locations, which were franchised by the Slyman family.

Joe Slyman's funeral Mass will be on Christmas Eve at St. Elias Church on Memphis Avenue in Brooklyn.

(Photo from Slyman's Deli Facebook page)

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