CARROLL - Six months after the tragic passing of Gordon "Gordie" and Joyce Skinner the community will join together in remembrance during a memorial park dedication.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, area residents will meet for the dedication of a park in honor of the Skinners. The memorial park will include: a bench with an inscription and a black granite rock from Vermont with the Skinner's faces laser etched, donated by Steve and Kim Lundsten of Jensen-Haglund Memorials; a fallen soldier statue, donated by Kurt Dickerson, Terry Smith and Dave Hamilton who are veteran friends from TitanX; and two weeping cherry trees, donated by neighbors. Perennial flowers from the Skinner's garden will also be planted at the location. Pastor Ron Lemon of the Koinonia Christian Fellowship in Frewsburg will say a few words to open the dedication ceremony. The event is open to the public.
The memorial fund which made the park possible was created in April, shortly after the Skinners' passing, by one of their neighbors, Patty Ekstrom. According to Ekstrom, the idea behind the park was to create a place that would remind the community of the kindness and caring ways of the Skinners.
The Gordon and Joyce Skinner memorial park is pictured before Thursday’s dedication ceremony, which will be held at 6 p.m. off Parkway Drive in Frewsburg near the Willis Hale Town Park and Memorial Veteran’s Park.
"We want this park to be a place for people to reflect upon the good things that they did," Ekstrom said.
"We have the date on the stone, but it's not about how they died - it's about how they lived," Hamilton added.
The memorial park is located on Parkway Drive in Frewsburg, which is the entrance to the Willis Hale Town Park, and is directly across from the Memorial Veteran's Park.