STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – Police and fire captains, school officials and three area mayors all gathered at Struthers City Hall to thank one local man for his service.
Frank Marr, a Struthers native and local photographer, said he was surprised by the gesture. Joined by his loyal supporters, Marr received WYTV’s Hometown Hero Award.
“I really appreciate this, and I’m a little, you caught me off guard,” he said.
Marr served as a Marine in Vietnam. He then worked and retired from General Motors.
But sitting around in a rocking chair was not a retirement option for Marr, so he found another way to pass his time.
“I figured well, let me increase my camera skills, and I shoot for Scouting Ohio, which is a great website,” he said. “I just can’t stand to sit around and do nothing.”
Marr said he is always on call to take a photo for the local newspaper or for a press release, traveling from Struthers to Coitsville, Lowellville and even Campbell. Word spread of the work that he does around the community, and local newspapers began calling Marr for his photographs.
Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker said the city even utilizes Marr’s services.
“As a mayor, I notify him when we’re having [events], so he can be available, but what he does is unbelievable,” he said.
Lowellville Mayor James Iudiciani agreed.
“I referee football, and Frank takes a lot of pictures and he Photoshops my picture to get rid of my belly,” he said, laughing.
Catherine Miller nominated Marr for the award, calling him a father figure and a mentor.
“I started my own photography company because of him,” she said.
Adds Marr’s son, Tony: “He’s the type of person that will do anything for anyone, and getting this award really exemplifies that.”
His family is used to his hectic schedule and even work around it.
“We have to plan family events around his schedule, as far as where he’s taking pictures, because he doesn’t want to miss anything,” said his daughter, Kim Marr.
“That’s what he loves to do, and we respect that. He taught us everything, and we give him the greatest respect and love him,” said son, Frank.