Patrick Hannon who attended Woodhull in the Huntington School district passed away suddenly in July 2011. The incoming sixth grade was wrapping up a week spent at the 1,800 Yawgoog Scout Reservation in rural Hopkinton, near the Connecticut state line. Patrick passed away in his sleep at the camp. The camp is operated by the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America. David Preston, a spokesman for the Narragansett Council said, “This is the saddest day in the 96 year history of the camp.”
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Mr. Hannon’s Boy Scout Troop 78 helped landscape a memorial garden at Woodhull in their fallen comrades’ honor. Troop members helped plant a cherry tree and later created new flower beds and retaining walls in the area along the northeast side of the building.
A large rock with a plaque attached to it was recently added to the memorial garden area. The plaque’s inscription reads: “This Garden Is Dedicated In Loving Memory of Patrick Liam Hannon. October 28, 2000 – July 16, 2011. Donated By Boy Scout Troop 78, Woodhull School Community and The Hannon Family.”
Woodhull and the entire Huntington School District continues to remember Mr. Hannon as an energetic, respectful and enthusiastic youngster, whose quick smile could brighten anyone’s day. His performance as a member of the boys’ band in the school play, “The Music Man, Jr.,” and his participation in other Woodhull and community events is cherished to this day.
Photo right: The Hannon family, including parents Jim and Deirdre and children Shamus and Brigid at the memorial rock.
Photo below: Patrick Hannon left as a proud boy scout