By Sigrid Pilgrim
About 45 people attended the April 30 Memorial Tree Planting event, organized by Andy Cocallas and the Chicago Whitewater Association, to memorialize three wonderful paddlers. Two white crab apple trees were planted for Dan Leigh and Joe Tybor, and a white oak for Sarah Hartman, along the bank of the Fox River at the Marge Cline Whitewater Park in Yorkville.
The paddling community mourns the loss of these wonderful people and paddlers, as did the weather god who shed many raindrops as well. Friends and relatives recited poems, shared a sip of wine and Sarah’s favorite cupcakes. Plans are for a walkway, bench, and plaques by the trees.