The Rotary Club of Ellicottville has donated a bench in the Ellicottville Memorial Library to honor their great friend Bob McCarthy. Bob was always strong supporter of the Library and was involved in establishing the Rotary Tree project in the Library, so when the Library decided to add benches (created by Bart Frank) around the Tree in the entrance to the Library, the Club felt it was fitting to honor Bob with his own bench.
If you don’t know, the tree sponsored by 25 members of the Royal Oak Society was designed and made by the late Simon Griffis. As part of the funding, every year a class from ECS spends a day at Essex Arts Center in Buffalo designing and creating leaves for the tree.
Bob’s bench also is adjacent to a Brian Naber stone sculpture of Bob, donated to the Library by Jane and Paul Hilbert. You will find creations by Bob throughout the Library which had a special place in his heart.
Bob was known as the “Voice of Ellicottville” and is sorely missed by many in our town. In early December, the Rotary holds “Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas” to support his favorite cause, Santa’s Workshop.
Please take some time to visit the Library and tip your hat to Bob. You may hear a little blarney if you listen hard enough.