Commissioner Suarez on the passing of two Miami icons
MIAMI – This September has been a difficult month. As a community, we laid to rest Rachel Reeves, publisher of The Miami Times, and then we mourned the passing of Maurice Ferre, the first Hispanic mayor of Miami.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote: “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.” These two community icons bore that legacy. Both Rachel Reeves and Maurice Ferre were firsts.
Reeves took on a role in the journalism industry that rarely is held by women. She took the helm of her family’s newspaper, founded by her grandfather, and kept it relevant. The paper fed vital information not just to the black community but to all cultures in our community. She shepherded the newspaper through changing times and made it resilient, especially in these high-tech times when so many publications have folded.
Ferre was the visionary behind the great development of the City of Miami. For 12 years from 1973 to 1985, he led the charge as Mayor to take Miami to greater heights through perilous/unprecedented times. A statement issued by Ferré’s family said: “Having played an integral part in policy and politics up until his passing, Mayor Ferré will be remembered for his commitment to the internationalization of Miami, social justice, mobility and transportation, education, and his love of God and humanity.”
“Mayor Ferre was so involved in our world, so responsive to its challenges. He passionately participated in the great events of our day with great wit and wisdom,” Commissioner Suarez said. “Both he and Rachel Reeves were symbols of our vitality. Their lives proved champions are among us. May we remember these two stars that shined so brightly in our community and pick up the mantle to continue making Miami the best of places in which to live.”
Ferre’s funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Cathedral of St. Mary’s, 7525 NW 2nd Ave.