11/16/13 5:30pm
11/16/2013 5:30 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO |  Southold Boy Scouts planted a cherry blossom tree in honor of member Ronan Guyer, who died of a heart attack last year.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Southold Boy Scouts planted a cherry blossom tree in honor of member Ronan Guyer, who died of a heart attack last year.

About 20 members of Southold’s Boy Scouts Troop 6 gathered at Southold High School Saturday morning to honor Ronan Guyer, their “brother in scouting,” who died suddenly of a heart attack last year.

Ronan died one year ago Thursday after slipping on a patch of mud and hitting his chest on the ground, his family said at the time. The impact was believed to have caused cardiac arrest while doing a practice run for the state cross country championships upstate. His sudden death sent shockwaves through his close-knit class, and the scout troop.

To honor his fellow troop member, Logan Pfister, 17, who had been working on his Eagle Scout project, decided he wanted to do something special.

Several years ago Mr. Pfister’s older brother, Ian, had led a beautification project for his Eagle Scout project – centered around the school’s flag pole for his Eagle Scout project.

Mr. Pfister wanted to take that project to the next level, adding landscaping and a bench to accompany the brickwork done by his brother.

The landscaping work now includes a 5-foot cherry blossom tree — which troop members helped plant Saturday morning with the help from members of the Southold Town Tree Committee, which donated the tree.

“Ronan was in our troop, so I wanted to do something to remember him,” Mr. Pfister said.

“His mother wanted to build a garden at their house, and she asked the kids which plants they wanted in it,” he said. “Ronan said a white cherry blossom tree, and that’s why we picked it.”

Accompanying the tree will soon be a plaque that reads, ”In memory of Ronan Guyer, our brother in scouting – Troop 6,” Mr. Pfister said.

Dave Cichanowicz, a member of the town tree committee, and president of Creative Environmental Design of Peconic, which is also helping the troop complete the landscaping work said, “they came to us, and we were happy to help.”

The plaque is expected to be installed in the coming weeks.

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11/14/13 4:00pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Southold students plant a redbud tree in honor of Ronan Guyer, the Southold teen who suffered a heart attack and died last year.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Southold students plant a redbud tree in honor of Ronan Guyer, the Southold teen who suffered a heart attack and died last year.

Southold sophomore Billy Bucci recalled the things he and his longtime friend Ronan Guyer used to do: play football, practice lacrosse in their yards, volunteer as boy scouts.

They would go sailing, racing each other at the Southold Yacht Club. Ronan always seemed to win, Billy said.

“He was always determined to do the best he could,” Billy said.

Ronan died one year ago today after suffering a heart attack during a practice run for the  state cross country championships upstate. His sudden death send shockwaves through his close-knit class, and for months, his classmates mourned.

But a few months after Ronan died, the sophomore class got together and began brainstorming a way to honor the beloved teen, Billy said.

“He was a very loyal friend,” Billy said. “I don’t think anyone could ever remember anything mean he ever said.”

On Wednesday, the class finished the first step of their plans by planting a tree in memory of Ronan on the high school grounds.

About a dozen students — including freshman and upperclassmen — gathered around the small redbud tree as members of the sophomore student council and friends of Ronan dug a hole, set the sapling inside and filled and watered it.

The sapling was donated by Imbriano Farms in Southold, who also helped the students plant the tree. A plaque

The students are also planning to paint a mural in the school’s science wing for Ronan that will show the things he loved: snowboarding and mountains, yachts and a sunset and even a group of penguins.

Now that his tree has been planted, student will begin work on Ronan’s mural soon.

Special Education teacher and class advisor Kristen Derrigan said the plans were made entirely by the students.

“They’re the ones that scheduled the meetings, they’re the ones that said ‘we want to plant a tree,’ ” she said. “They’ve done it all … it’s genuinely from the heart.”

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11/19/12 10:45am
11/19/2012 10:45 AM

FACEBOOK PHOTO | Ronan Guyer

Visiting hours for Ronan Guyer, the Southold High School freshman who died last week following a fall while practicing for an upstate cross country meet, will be held Today, Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Defriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck.

Additional visiting hours will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, also from 4 to 8. A religious service will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Peter Kelley of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold officiating.

Ronan, 14, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack during a practice for the state cross country championships outside of Buffalo.

He had been in a coma and on a ventilator in a Buffalo hospital since Friday, Nov. 9. He was injured after slipping on a patch of mud and hitting his chest on the ground, his family said. The impact was believed to have caused cardiac arrest.

He is survived by his parents, Lori and Stephen Guyer, his sister Shannon, and brother Colin.

His parents request that donations be made to the Peconic Gardiners Junior Sailing Association, a not for profit organization that promotes junior sailing on the East End. (Tax identification number 20-2810022).

Make checks payable to the PGJSA care of Ronan Guyer at PGJSA, PO Box 339, Southold, NY 11971.

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