Family is 'honored' by Charleroi street renaming
As Charleroi borough leaders unveiled a sign for Lee Lane, the occasion admittedly took Mike Lee back to his youth.
The sign was erected Dec. 30 in honor of the Lee family's decades of dedication to Charleroi.
“It's ironic that Lee Lane is within one block of where Lee Supply started,” said Mike Lee, the company president.
“It's pretty unique because its where my father started the business.”
Lee Lane is located at First Street and Fallowfield Avenue on the south side of the roadway — an extension of Fallowfield Avenue.
It sits within the shadow of the current home of Lee Supply, 305 First St., and the family's home in the 100 block of Fallowfield Avenue. That home is where Ed Lee started the business in 1954. Sixty years later, the family-operated business is a leader in pipes and pumping systems.
The idea to honor the Lee family was first advanced by then-Mayor Nancy Ellis in mid-2013.
By the fall, council approved the naming of the roadway. The borough has in recent years renamed some of its downtown streets in honor of its most distinguished native sons.
Mike Lee said he was surprised when he first learned last summer that borough leaders were considering naming the roadway in his family's honor.
“We were taken aback by it,” Lee said. “To have our entire family recognized by the community was quite a surprise and a total honor.”
The award noted that Mike and his brother Dave have been instrumental in supporting such community causes as the police K-9 program, the Charleroi Food Pantry, the Charleroi Area School District programs, youth sports and the veteran's organizations, among others.
“Anytime someone needs something, we're here to support the community,” Mike Lee said.
He acknowledged that the Lee family and Charleroi have become synonymous.
“We have been known in the community for our commitment in the community,” Mike Lee said. “Charleroi is and has always been our hometown. We are Charleroi. It's our town.”
He recalled the first time he passed the street sign after Lee Lane was proclaimed.
“Pride was the utmost emotion I had — pride of our family, pride of our company.
“We were very grateful and appreciative to the community for this recognition and honor.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.