Connor Lazzaro, age 16, and a member of St. Rita’s Troop 163, developed a plan, secured donations and led 30 volunteers to build and cultivate a Memorial Garden; renovate a gazebo, picnic table and three benches; and edging the landscape, mulching the berm and removing a tree on the grounds of Webster Comfort Care Home, as part of his Eagle Scout project.
This team effort involved more than 255 hours of service and included not only Troop 163 scouts, but family and friends of Lazzaro’s.
When he was 9 years old, Lazzaro’s grandfather, Richie Fellinger, was ill and left his home in Dunkirk to be near his family in Webster. Fellinger spent his final days as a resident of Webster Comfort Care Home.
“I remember visiting my papa there and spending time with him playing games. I also received letters from the volunteers at the home sharing stories of conversations they had with him. The volunteers planned a Super Bowl party for us that year, and papa had such a great time. When it came time to start my Eagle Scout Project, I knew WCCH was the organization I wanted to help because they were there for my family when my Grandfather needed around the clock comfort and care. The services they provided were free of charge and the support they provided not only helped Papa but also our family,” said Lazzaro. “And, Papa enjoyed gardening all his life, so building a memorial garden seemed to be the perfect project to pay tribute to him.”
“We are so grateful to Connor and his team of volunteers for their tremendous efforts. We now have a beautiful garden for our residents and their families and also for our Webster neighbors and our volunteers to enjoy. It’s a place to reflect and pay tribute,” said Janet Jones-Brower, executive director. “It warms our hearts to know that Connor worked so hard, planning, securing donations, refurbishing our gazebo, benches and picnic table, edging the entire landscape, mulching the berm and removing a tree. It gives us great hope to know that that this young man and the scouts and friends on his team will one day grow up to be our future community leaders. Connor’s dedication and commitment to our residents and their families is to be commended.”
To make a gift this holiday season in honor or memory of a family member or friend so they can be included in the garden, visit or call (585) 872-5290. The gift will help secure plants and trees for the garden, fertilizer and signage for those honored.
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