Creegan building not forgotten

To the Editor,

George and JoAnn Creegan and their family operated a thriving seasonal enterprise in Steubenville for several decades. Recently, the “Creegan Castle” burned to the ground in a tragic fire. While the edifice is gone, the memories it held will last for many people.

Creegan Co. gave many young men and women (including me) an opportunity for employment during hard economic times. I worked for George and JoAnn in the late 1960s and early 1970s while attending the then-College of Steubenville, building displays, decorating, repairing and driving their holiday masterpieces all over the country. It was a second family to me and to the other college students who needed work to pay the tuition.

The Creegans were kind, generous and fair. They taught me and others the importance of responsibility, hard work and the essence of creativity and its rewards. Above all, the Creegan clan always made it fun. Ask any previous employee and they will reminisce about the great times we all had on the road or in the shop building Christmas displays. I worked there, my brother worked there, my friends worked there and I met my wife there. We were all deeply saddened by the loss of the company building. However, this loss is tempered by the memories of the good people who gave so much to the city, the area and to the young folks who worked there.

Thanks, George.

Jim Vallone

Crofton, Md.