John J. “Jack” Gilligan, the former Ohio governor who passed away Monday at age 92, was many things in his long life.
An unabashed, unapologetic liberal, seemingly oblivious to whether or not it cost or gained him votes.
A war hero, earning the Silver Star while serving on board a destroyer during the battle of Okinawa.
A young man who came home from the war, worked in the family funeral business, and went on to teach literature at Xavier University before launching his career in politics.