Slyman’s founder dies at 83, leaving famous Cleveland corned beef deli behind as his legacy

Slyman’s founder dies at 83, leaving famous Cleveland corned beef deli behind as his legacy
Slymans founder dies at 83, leaving iconic Cleveland corned beef behind as his legacy (Source: Slymans)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - You may not have known him personally, but if you live near Cleveland, you may know his famous mile-high corned beef sandwiches.

Slyman’s founder Joe Slyman died “peacefully” on Tuesday, the deli confirmed later that same day.

“Joe’s hard work and love for his family of customers gave life and a profound meaning to the American Dream,” Slyman’s deli shared on Facebook. “Joe leaves behind a far-reaching legacy of hospitality that continues to be expressed by his wife Mae, and his sons, Moe and Freddie. Whether it was with a hot cup of coffee, a hearty laugh, or a warm handshake, Joe knew how to make someone feel welcomed and appreciated. He will be dearly missed by his friends, family, and the many customers that knew him well.”

Friends will be received at St. Elias Church at 8023 Memphis Ave. in Brooklyn from 10-11 a.m. on Dec. 24.

The funeral service will be held right after.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Joe Slyman, the founder of Slyman’s deli passed away peacefully on...

Posted by Slymans on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Slyman founded the “ma and pa” style restaurant on 3106 St. Clair Ave. NE in Cleveland in 1964.

Slyman's in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Slyman's in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)

The restaurant then expanded to create Slyman’s Tavern locations in Independence, Orange, and Mentor.

Slyman's corned beef sandwich (Source: Facebook)
Slyman's corned beef sandwich (Source: Facebook)

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