P. "Kit" Fearon
27, 1931 ~ March 29, 2010
Courtesy of Frank Graessle
Sunday, March 28, 2010, after the Annual Association Pot Luck Dinner, our close
friend and long time Camp Read supporter, Chris Fearon, passed away in his
sleep. Chris was a very active staff member and long time supporter and member
of the Camp Read Association and a major contributor to the recently completed
history of the Camp Reads, “For Joys We’ll Ne’er Forget”.
the weekend Chris had the opportunity, with Tom Dietz and Tom Hunter, to visit
White Plains and the area that he had grown up in and worked in for years. He
also spent a lot of time at the Dinner sharing memories and good times with
others who loved Camp and their times there.
was with much mixed sorrow and joy that we had heard of Chris' passing. Sorrow
at the loss of such a good friend, and JOY that he had the opportunity to have
done so much that was important to him and that he had been with good friends
just prior to his passing.
will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Photo Courtesy of Frank Graessle
Ken Hadermann remembering Chris
In the Spring of 2009 I was
corresponding with Ken Hadermann, a long time scout leader, OA Dance Team
Instructor and my first boss in Tomahawk Campcraft at Camp Read. I had
sent Ken some excerpts from the book, For Joys We'll Ne'er Forget, and
on May 30, 2009 Ken wrote the following back to me:
".....I noted your
description of Kit Fearon and confirm your picture, but I believe I can add a
good deal. He was an English teacher at White Plains High School where I
was Division Director. He was both daring and considerate.
For three years I led an April
expedition of 3 - 5 scouts to camp to mark new trails and campsites for troops
in the forest north of Camp Tomahawk. The Summer following one of these
expeditions, Kit Fearon decided to take his provisional troop to a new
campsite, Spring Hill Ponds.
He asked me to show him the trail
so I led them about three quarters of the way there when we got hit by the
edge of a hurricane. Kit devoted himself to assisting his scouts,
helping them get settled, getting fires started and made sure they had a hot
meal through the severe storm. Yes, he was strict, but it was the
strictness from caring."
Ken's story is just one example of
the type of dedicated and brave person Chris was. Kit was so
proud of how the boys went right to work and how they survived such a
challenging ordeal. (The complete story of this adventure is in the
Photo Courtesy of Jim Smith
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