On behalf of everyone who comprises our “work” family at Greene County Parks & Trails, I want to share our heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of concern, support and caring provided to us following the tragic death of our co-worker and valued friend, Jeremy Lovely.
All of you have made the passing of one of our own a little easier to shoulder and reminds all of us that we are not on this journey alone.
Jeremy was so much more than one of our maintenance leads — he was the creative spark behind so many of GCP&T’s special events. If you ever visited Doggie Dash ‘n Splash, Jeremy was the whiz behind all the sprayers and water features that delighted our two- and four-legged guests. At Santa’s Holiday in the Park, he was the engine that drove our lights and music show. Reindeer made out of old bicycles — Jeremy. Handcrafted office name signs — Jeremy. Custom-made signs and decals — Jeremy. Over-sized holiday ornaments on the Greene County Court House lawn — Jeremy. One-of-a-kind creations at the soon-to-open Nature PlayScape — again, Jeremy.
His hands and his heart are all over this park agency. We will continue to remember and honor him with our future endeavors.
Beyond our park agency, the outreach shown to Jeremy’s wife and two children by Greene County employees, other park agencies and local businesses has been overwhelming and appreciated. Sadly, we frequently never realize the impact a human life has on a community until it is suddenly gone. Jeremy’s quiet and humble soul has a left a void within his family, within our work place and within our community.
We will continue to honor and celebrate his life by appreciating each other and the work we do at Greene County Parks & Trails. During the week of June 2, the Greene County Parks & Trails family will be dedicating the Russ Nature PlayScape as the Lovely Nature PlayScape in memory of his life that celebrates his creativity, imagination and vision. It is our hope that those who visit the Lovely Nature PlayScape will leave refreshed and restored as a tribute to Jeremy’s memory. This magical play area within the woods was designed in the hopes that a child will discover a bit of the joy Jeremy conveyed through his work with the park agency.
Please keep his family — and our GCP&T work family as well — in your thoughts and prayers.
Chrisbell Bednar is the director of Greene County Parks & Trails.