In Memory

Chester Roffe

Chester Roffe

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08/15/23 04:48 PM #1    

Barbara B. Baughman (Berke)



A terrible tragedy struck that evening. Chester Roffe, 18, of Cleveland Heights, had crawled through a service door beneath the stage to get a better view.

When the movie ended, the youth was crushed between a rising stage floor and the back of the permanent stage.

Most of the audience didn’t know what had happened. Ushers applied first aid until an ambulance arrived. Roffe was pronounced dead at St. Thomas Hospital.

The Summit County coroner ruled the death accidental. It was a sad end to the celebration.

08/15/23 06:28 PM #2    

Mary F. (Faith) Russell (Demeduc)

So very young and such a shame. RIP Chester. 

08/31/23 08:50 AM #3    

Perry MacNeille

It is a pretty interesting article that takes you back to that time. I remember Chester, he lived on Kensington, and his demise so young was tragic.

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