Park Offers Great Chance to Honor Seafarers, Others

 

April 2013

 

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Engraved Bricks Available for Walkway at Paul Hall Center’s Lundeberg School

 

Click HERE to place an order.

 

Seafarers, their families and friends and the companies that employ them now have the opportunity to ensure those they care about will always be recognized and remembered within the maritime community.

 

That opportunity is coming with the construction of a waterfront park at the Paul Hall Center’s Lundeberg School in Piney Point, Md. The park will feature a brick walkway where bricks can be donated and engraved to honor individuals, groups and organizations. The donation of a brick also comes with an entry in the project’s name-the- park contest.

 

Seafarers Plans Administrator Maggie Bowen, who is helping oversee the project, said the engraved bricks “offer a chance to honor our heritage and keep it alive. This is a great opportunity not only to preserve SIU and school history, but also to acknowledge individuals and organizations. In fact, that’s true even if they have no direct tie to Piney Point or the Seafarers – a brick can be donated for anyone.”

 

While the proceeds from the brick donations will be used to offset some of the costs of the phases of the waterfront reconstruction, the larger goal of the project is to beautify the area while giving people the chance to share memories and honor others in a lasting way. Bricks can be ordered to commemorate everything from departed loved ones and remarkable class instructors, to heroic rescues and memorable crews. The possibilities are practically limitless and the engravings don’t have to be related to the school or the union.

 

Bricks are available in two sizes, and ordering information is available online HERE. The sizes include a traditional-sized brick (4 x 8 inches x 2.25) with three lines of engraving for a donation of $125 and a larger brick (8 x 8 inches x 2.25) with six lines of engraving for a donation of $250. The larger version also may be ordered with a corporate logo and up to three lines of text (subject to space limitations based on the logo) for a donation of $300. If submitting a logo, please note that it cannot be sent through the online order form. Logos (either in EPS, AI, PDF or high-resolution JPG, BMP or TIF format) should be emailed to siubricks@seafarers.org. Please include your contact information.

 

The park and walkway are part of a multi-stage restoration project for the school, which has resulted in more than 1,500 feet of old piers being replaced on the waterfront and as well as more than 1,000 feet of seawall. The restoration project has also included a new concrete pier and floating marina, a new pier site for the M/V John Fay training vessel, a single point davit with fast rescue capability and a new lifeboat davit with new lifeboats. Questions about the brick program may be emailed to SIUBricks@seafarers.org.

 

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Waterfront Park Will Contain Brick Honoring Late, 'Fun-Loving' Recertified Steward

 

When Bill Eglinton first heard about the SIU’s commemorative brick program, a smile spread across his face. He instantly knew who he wanted to honor. He could already picture the name appearing on the brick.

 

That name was Luis Escobar. Known to Eglinton and others as a fun-loving and generous recertified steward, Escobar was murdered in his Florida home in 2007. While Escobar’s death was tragic, Eglinton said he saw the brick program as way to shine a positive spotlight on his gregarious friend.

 

“Of course, it was devastating when we got the news,” said Eglinton, a retired director of vocational education at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center’s Lundeberg School. “But when I heard what they were going to do (with engraved bricks) I thought I would sure like to dedicate a brick to Luis on his behalf.”

 

The brick bearing Escobar’s name will take its place in a waterfront walkway at the Paul Hall Center’s Lundeberg School in Piney Point, Md. It will join a large collection of engraved bricks ordered by Seafarers, families, companies and others as a way of ensuring certain individuals, groups and crews will always be remembered within the maritime community.

 

“It will be a memorial for us,” Eglinton said of one aspect of the brick program. “I’m at the school regularly, so I’ll get to go often and reminisce.”

 

He added it’s fitting that Escobar will find a permanent place in Piney Point. The two men met there during a summer crabbing session in the 1990s and shared many happy memories at the campus. Their friendship began when Escobar generously offered Eglinton and his son, Ryan, a bucket full of nearly three dozen crabs, and continued until his death.

 

“Luis became a part of our family that summer and we came to learn about this caring, humorous, loving man,” Eglinton said. “He was just a fun-loving Seafarer.”

 

Their memories at the school also included a once-in-a lifetime family meeting during Escobar’s graduation from the recertified steward program in 1998. Escobar had one daughter living in Colombia and another Living in Buffalo, New York; he arranged to have the two girls meet for the first time at his graduation ceremony.

 

“Immediately, both girls started screaming each other’s names while running toward the stage,” Eglinton recalled. “There was not a dry eye in the place.”

 

Eglinton said he and his wife, Sharon, are still in touch with Escobar’s daughter Paula. He added they’ll be sure to let her know about the brick honoring her father in Piney Point. “Maybe one day she would like to come and visit the school and see it with Luis’ grandson,” Eglinton said.

 

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