Former Batavia trustee remembered with baseball complex

BATAVIA, Oh - Dozens of family, friends and local leaders came out to remember Jim Bushman and dedicate a baseball complex in his honor.

Bushman was killed when a truck hit him as he took out his trash in November of 2011.

During the ceremony, Bushman's stepson, Jason Fraley, said it was fitting that a baseball complex be named after his stepdad. The 76-year-old grandfather was described as a baseball nut who loved statistics and coaching children.

Fraley said the lesson of Bushman's life is a simple one.

"I think that's the message you take away, it's you work hard, you love your community and you'll be able to change that community and you'll be remembered for it," Fraley said. "We're trying to keep his memory alive today."

The show of support for the Bushman family has been strong since the accident that took Bushman's life as well. Hundreds were there in 2011 as the three term township trustee was laid to rest.

And many were back to see how Bushman's life of public service is being honored now.

"We thought it would be really good, that this would be a good fit for Jim Bushman, to put his name out there to keep it in front of all the little kids, and the older people as they see it for years to come," said Rex Parsons, Batavia Township administrator.

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