Joseph honored

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Aug 14, 2013 - 01:17 PM

Photo: Adrianne Ryder-Cook Joseph and daughters, Mariella Joseph, left, and Antonia Joseph, along with Bill Walker, chair of the Gloucester Library Board of Trustees, unveil the bas-relief sculpture commissioned by Mrs. Joseph at a ceremony recognizing her late husband Edwin Joseph Sunday evening at the library’s Main Street Center branch. Photo by John Ayers

Adrianne Ryder-Cook Joseph and daughters, Mariella Joseph, left, and Antonia Joseph, along with Bill Walker, chair of the Gloucester Library Board of Trustees, unveil the bas-relief sculpture commissioned by Mrs. Joseph at a ceremony recognizing her late husband Edwin Joseph Sunday evening at the library’s Main Street Center branch. Photo by John Ayers

In a ceremony held Sunday evening at the main branch of the Gloucester Public Library, the library’s Board of Trustees paid tribute to the late Edwin Joseph. Joseph and his wife are credited with rehabilitating Main Street Center and providing an avenue for the Main Street Preservation Trust, according to a release from the library.

The ceremony was attended by about 100 guests, including Joseph’s widow, Adrianne Ryder-Cook Joseph, according to library director Diane Rebertus.

A bas-relief sculpture of Joseph, commissioned by his widow and designed by nationally known artist Chas Fagan, was unveiled and will hang permanently in the library.

According to Jenny Crittenden, executive director of the Main Street Preservation Trust, the Josephs saw an opportunity at the old Gloucester Exchange Shopping Center to benefit the county both aesthetically and financially.

The Josephs’ plan was to purchase the shopping center, rehabilitate the property, providing suitable space for a new public library for Gloucester and creating a vehicle that would produce income to be used to enhance and improve Gloucester’s Main Street business district.