On Tuesday, October 8th, Media celebrated a new addition to the Walk of Fame located outside Borough Hall on Jackson and 4th Street. The Walk of Fame ceremony acknowledges individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the quality of life in Media and celebrates each individual selected.
The individuals recognized on the Walk of Fame come from very diverse backgrounds. A plaque is dedicated to each person and lists their name, age, and a short description of their accomplishments. The inductees are a mixture of government and committee leaders, humanitarians, artists, volunteers, and many more. This year’s inductee was Robert L. Dimond.
Robert L. Dimond was a long-time borough resident who has been described as “Everybody’s Hometown favorite guy”, “a gem”, and “the nicest guy you could ever meet.” Bob was always up to something, whether it be his duties as the Borough tax collector or something very close to his heart, his commitment to veterans’ issues. Bob, a veteran of the Korean War, was a member of American Legion Post 93 and along with his good friend, Mayor Bob McMahon created the U.S. Veterans Legacy Project and organized many Veterans Day Parades. Bob was known for his wonderful sense of humor. In his spare time, Bob was a member of The Players Club of Swarthmore where he was honored with the Laureate Award and where he enjoyed working side by side with his wife, Dale. He was a graduate of Temple University and Thomas Edison State University and a former member of the Delco Roadrunners club, running his first marathon at the age of 50.
Bob and Dale were also involved in the Theater community. He was never on stage until he showed up in the Green Room at the players Club in Swarthmore when Dale was in ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ and Bob started helping. When he auditioned for ‘Prelude to a Kiss’ he got the part and never looked back. For Bob, acting was always the way he relaxed. In addition, Dimond stayed close with old friends by going to golfing outings with members of his high school class every Wednesday for the past nine years.
Bob was a proud parent and grandparent of seven grown children, fifteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He enjoyed sharing stories of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments.