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Urbin Apologizes to Family, Community for 'Recent Stupidity'

Former Avon Lake mayor offers no excuses, says destroyed my Christian witness

Urbin Apologizes to Family, Community for 'Recent Stupidity'

To the Editor:

I guess it’s a little unusual for a letter like this to be sent to a newspaper but then again, with all the publicity I have recently received, I would like the words you read to be mine and as you have read; the newspapers have wanted a comment.

I do not solicit any pity, compassion or undeserved forgiveness for my actions. I made the biggest mistake of my life and will spend the rest of it trying to prove that I am not the type of person I have portrayed.

I offer no excuses for my recent stupidity. I had a wonderful and meaningful marriage with the greatest woman in the world and children that anyone would be proud to call their own. Through the years they have been everything I could have ever asked for and then some. The embarrassment I have brought them and to my extended family have made me feel more shame than I ever knew one could feel.

 I had two great jobs that allowed me to serve others which have always been my passion when it came to employment. Those facts alone further my confusion over why I made a phone call and an appearance that would forever cast doubt on my character and image. Even though no activity occurred as a result of that phone call, it doesn’t excuse my behavior.

I have failed my Lord, destroyed my Christian witness and hurt the most important people in my life. My wife, children, mother-in-law and other members of my family deserve so much more from me. I am so sorry to all of them and while I don’t expect or deserve forgiveness, I also would like to extend my apology to my former employers and all of the people who know me who I have let down.

This sin is not who I am and I know that I will have to find ways to prove that in the days and years ahead. That may be an impossible task but I know it’s the only thing left to do.  

Again, I wrote this letter because I felt with all of the stories you have read, you deserved to hear from me personally. I would respectfully ask for one thing and one thing only: please pray for me and my family.

Thank you.

Vince Urbin

Avon Lake

 

 

 

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