Herbert C. Fleming passed away peacefully at the Hospice House of the Western Reserve in the loving care of his family on April 5, 2013.
Herbert, of Sheffield Lake, was a warm, wonderful, funny and deeply beloved boyfriend, father, brother and friend have left many touched lives with a great void and profound sense of loss.
He will be deeply missed by many.
Herb grew up in Parma and resided in Sheffield Lake for the past 40 years. He is a Vietnam Vet in the Marines, a member of Habitat of Humanity and retired paramedic firefighter.
He was the retired owner of Fleming Remodeling and the former president of the Sheffield Lake Kiwanis Club.
He selflessly gave of himself both in his personal and professional life. He was a provider and a proud family man as well as an upstanding citizen in his community that he called home for 40 years.
As a young man, Herb learned the value of hard work and respect for family. He enjoyed hunting, camping, hosting get togethers, cooking, watching birds, and gardening. What Herb achieved in his professional life was more than matched by the passion and humanity with which he lived his personal life.
He is survived by four devoted daughters: Elaina Hamel (Washington), Diane Tucker (Florida), Audra Klinger (Elyria), and Michelle Blake (Medina), his three adopted children: Kim Fleming (Millersburg), Cheri Fleming (Millersburg), and Herb Fleming Jr. (Sheffield Lake); his two step sons: Tom Sharpe (Avon Lake) and Brian Sharpe (Parma), his brother Bob Chabek and Judy Chabek, brother Bill Fleming (Missouri), and his significant other, Helen Garver Steele.
He was also an adored grandfather of 24 grandchildren and great-grandfather of five.
Herb is preceded in death by his former wife, Melinda Fleming, sister Susan Diley, and his foster parents Chuck and Edna Vinecourt. He demonstrated resilience and taught fortitude by example. To say that he will be missed barely touches on the loss or all he left behind. He was a kind hearted person who would give to anyone in need to a fault.
Memorial Visitation for close family and friends, at the Malloy Memorial & Crematory, 1575 West 117th, Cleveland, Saturday, April 13 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Gifts and flowers can be sent to his home at 311 Buckeye Dr., Sheffield Lake. Also, for all who wish to honor his life, donations to Hospice of the Western Reserve in his name would be appreciated.