SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — An event in memory of one late Abington area resident has become a way to remember others in the community.
The Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, held Saturday, June 11 on Eston Wilson Lake at Hillside Park, was created in memory of the late Lawrence “Bud” Young, a funeral director who owned the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home in Clarks Summit. An avid angler, Bud loved to go fishing with his family members and friends.
Now the event has become a fundraiser to create a memory garden at the park in honor of Bud’s friends and derby volunteers who have passed away through the years, including Tom Roberts, of Clarks Summit, who died last year.
Linda Young, coordinator of the derby and widow of Bud, said a three-segment dock was installed at the lake using proceeds from last year’s event, which is part of the memory garden.
Linda said the garden will have paths made of engravable material, such as bricks, flagstones, or pavers. Members of the community can purchase a memorial to place in the garden in memory of friends or family members. In addition to pavers, community members can purchase other items like a wood carving, a shrub or a tree in memory of loved ones.
The memory garden will be built near the dock where there’s currently a sign reading “Welcome to Hillside Park Memory Garden,” which is carved on a tree stump by The Sawptician Chainsaw Carving.
During the event, Connor Watkins, 10, from Clarks Summit, won in his age group and the Catch of the Day Award for catching the biggest overall fish, which was a 13 3/4-inch catfish. He won two trophies and a bike.
“I think it’s good,” Watkins said about the fishing derby. “It’s really nice and fun.”
After the fishing derby, there was a rain shelter dedication on the other side of Eston Wilson Lake.
The shelter, dedicated to the memory of Roberts, was constructed by Eagle Scout Wyatt Sebring. The Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby committee provided Sebring with the materials.
The sign on the doorway reads “Gotcha Covered,” which Roberts always replied when somebody from the fishing derby committee needed his help.
“‘Gotcha covered’ was his way of saying, ‘I’ll take care of it,’” said Linda.
Roberts’ family were present at the event, including his wife Betty Roberts, his sister Jane Roberts, daughter Lori Mulhern, son-in-law Kevin Mulhern, and their children Kiera, Gavin, and Colin Mulhern.