On a beautiful sunny fall day, Boy Scouts of Troop 63 and their families dedicated the new pavilion at Camp Whiting to the memory of one of their own, Alfredo Canepari, who passed away of leukemia just over a year ago at age 16. Designed by former Scoutmaster and architect Robert Tucker, and built with the help of many volunteers, the open pavilion will provide some measure of protection from the elements to the scouts who camp out here. Camp Whiting, located off of Litchfield Turnpike, is where many Woodbridge Scouts get their first outdoor camping experience.
Alfredo was very involved with the local Scouts, which is why it was felt that this location was so appropriate to honor his life, said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar in the brief ceremony unveiling the plaque.
In a moving tribute, Bob Tucker said “Alfredo was really shaped by this place, where we spent some cold nights sitting around some very hot fires”. He said the youngster was influenced by Charles Whiting, the founder and caretaker of the camp, for whom he had a lot of admiration. “This camp is a special place, and with this addition we’ve contributed to the legacy,” Tucker said adding his hope that the camp will continue to serve kids from Woodbridge and surrounding towns well into the future.
Alfredo’s cousin, Jake Curello of Hamden, said the memorial “stands for everything that he stood for. It stands for his belief in doing a good turn daily; his love and commitment to his fellow boy scouts, love of Camp Whiting and all the lessons and opportunities it gave him.”
Tucker thanked the many volunteers who helped in one way or another to make this pavilion a reality. Serving on the committee were Ellen Feichtner, Susan Leigh, Bob McKinstry, Charlie Whiting, Ted Pocwierz and Donna Canepari.
Major donations of materials and professional services were received from Warren Luciani of Advanced Paving, Bob McKinstry of Brooklyn Rebar, O&G Industries and Haynes Industries, Glenn Lockhart of Wheelabrator Industries and ABC Roofing, with installation by Rob Lynch and Troop 899.
Helping putting it all together were Brian O’Connor, Bob McKinstry, Buddy Curello, Ted Pocwierz, John Reilly and John Turski; and many Scouts, in particular Jake and Spencer Curello, Aidan Reilly, Dan Feichtner, Brendan Purcell, Ryan Metzger, Ben DiBuduo, Dean, AJ and Kim Pocwierz, and Ethan and George Tucker.
“This memorial also stands for his belief in creating something that not just one person could enjoy but that everyone could enjoy and benefit from,” said Jake Curello in his speech. “The memorial reminds us that all it takes is a group of people with an idea and the dedication to make this extraordinary work come to life.”
Pictured: 1. The Canepari Family helped build the pavilion, which was dedicated to their son and brother, Alfredo. Mom Donna is flanked by brothers Domenico and Vincent and her husband, Fred. Under the red drapery is the large wooden plaque. 2. Scouts are unveiling the plaque in memory of Alfredo Canepari. .The design was a game tag Alfredo used in online games.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent