Entrepenuers + Innovators

The very Irish history of Cleveland’s west side philanthropy

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FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | BRANDON BAKER | THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016

Charleen Reynolds-Cuffari can make anybody understand the kind of woman her grandmother was before uttering a word. Asked to describe the late May Dugan’s personality, the Kamm’s Corners resident narrows her eyes and raises a tightly clenched fist, forcing you to catch her drift. “I had the tough grandmother,” Reynolds-Cuffari says. “She ruled with an iron fist.” May’s parents, James and Annie, instilled that toughness in their children after emigrating from Ireland in 1883 and settling in Cleveland after stops in Quebec and Detroit. May had three brothers, and at least two other siblings who died during infancy.

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