Friday, June 15, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Cynthia Tidwell, the recreation supervisor for the Broadview Park District and a longtime Broadview resident, died on June 12. She was 56 years old. The cause, said Reggie Davis, the park district’s executive director, was cancer.
During an interview on June 15, Davis said that one of his last conversations with Tidwell, a phone call as she lay dying last week, reveals the kind of woman she was.
“People were saying that she was going to go like any day or minute now, so when she called me I was surprised,” Davis said.
“She wanted to remind me that the kids were going on their first field trip tomorrow and to make sure the buses are there and to have [Ada Benjamin, another employee] to call me,” he added. “I’m thinking, ‘She’s down and out, but somehow she wants to talk about work?’ She was that dedicated.”
Tidwell, Davis explained, had been responsible for administering the park district’s before and after care programs, along with its summer camps and other youth programs, for nine years. During that time, she saw “a lot of kids grow up around here,” he said.
“She’ll be dearly missed,” Davis continued. “She helped transform the park district’s before and after care program, bringing it up to a level it had not been at before.”
On June 12, the Broadview Park District posted a statement to its Facebook page, explaining that Tidwell “contributed a lot of time and energy to the park district, to the community, and mainly the children within and outside of Broadview. She was an amazing, kind, and selfless individual. We can say thank you a million times and it still would never be enough to express our gratitude.”
Davis said that Benjamin has replaced Tidwell as recreation supervisor. He said that there could be plans to hold a memorial for Davis sometime in the future, but no date has been finalized yet.
Services for Tidwell will take place on June 18, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (pre-pass), 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (wake), and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (funeral), at Faith Temple Church of God, 7158 S Peoria St., in Chicago. VFP
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