Memory Tree

“Deep in the middle of our forest at the southern edge of our property a majestic maple tree grows. Older than the club itself, it stands at the junction of three of our archery trails. Whether it is a sugar maple, a black maple or a red maple does not matter, what matters is that it is the dominant tree in the area and was chosen to be a memorial tree or as we call it today ‘The Memory Tree.”
The Memory Tree came into existence when one of the past presidents ‘Sue Miller’ and one of our longer term, hardworking, members Larry Aucoin passed away.

Sue sat on the board of directors of the club for a number of years in the late eighties and served as president in 1990-91 and died shortly after her term after battling cancer. Larry Aucoin represented YCB on the OAA board of directors. He also passed away in the same year as Sue (1993). Sandy Button and Gary Hunt, members at the same time as Sue and Larry, discussed the idea of remembering our people at an informal meeting with the then board of directors headed up by Jamie Anderson, president in 2000.

The discussion took place at one of the many bonfires we use to have in the evenings.

The consensus was that the York County Bowmen Club should create a suitable memorial to members who made a significant contribution to the club.
Sandy took the initiative and on one of his many forays through our forest found the memorial tree. He along with Gary Hunt made up the first two plaques to go on the tree with the names of Sue and Larry.

Another plaque was also made and placed on the tree with the inscription: The ‘Memory Tree’ Dedicated to the memory of those YCB Members/Friends who once walked these trails.

Sandy (Alexander) Button was the individual who originated the YCB Memory Tree.  He currently lives in NFLD enjoying his passions.

Here are the names of those members who now reside in the branches of this majestic tree.
They are in order by Decades and a bit about what we know of each:

From Our Beginning (50s-60s)

Jerry Reimer

Charter Member

Lou Tramontin

Charter Member

Mel Tumino

Charter Member & Tournament Sponsor

Jim Ross

Past President

Ken Brown

Club Photographer

Harry Tutton

Club Director

From the 70s & 80s

Susan Miller

Past President

Larry Aucoin

OAA Director

Jack Chapman

Director

From the 90s & 2000s

Tom Todd

Past President

Bruno Greco

Member

Carson Olmstead

Member

John O’Connor

Member

Wally Heathfield

Club Sponsor

Mark Van Sickle

Member

Joe Lalonde

Member

Jack Chapman

Director

John Marsden

Member

From the 2010 – 15

Ken Brown

Club Photographer

Gerd Reisenecker

Member

Mark Diotte

Member

Gary Hunt

Director

Bruno Greco

Friend

Larry Morton

Member

From the 2016 – 19

George Hillar

Member

Pat Hunt

Member

Art Berry

Charter Member

Robert Sheridan

Past President

Dan Newman

Member

Nigel Read

Member

Aileen Ella Inches

Member

Hugh Laird

Member

Juergen Wittmann

Member

From the 2020s

John Waddell

Member

Hugh Arscott

Member

George Bowman

Member

Ted Kelly

Member

Joan McDonald

AC Instructor; Forestry

Neil Prestwich

Member

Memory Tree info sign
Memory Tree signs
Hunter with dead turkey