10.12.2005

Mike Townsend...

Hello Everyone,

Ben recently notified us that Mike Townsend passed away. Many of the newer team members probably don’t know Mike, so I’d like to pass on a bit of information. Mike was one of the original members of the team. The following thoughts come to mind when I think of him…

Mike had a young daughter whom he loved very much. He brought her to a winter practice and spent more time chasing her than practicing. She had no idea what an erg was and had even less use for one, so she actually had fun at practice…

At that time, Mike was the only person, other than Ben, who “knew the river.” He was always willing to take the helm and steer the boat for us. Mike invested a good amount of time teaching us about the river…

Mike wanted to create a dragonboat crew composed of disadvantaged youth. He was involved in a youth program and thought that the discipline and teamwork required to work together would help them…

Mike had a personal kayak, which he stored at the Millvale boathouse. He was always willing to let others use it. I haven’t seen the kayak at Millvale for about a year. I frequently noticed the space where Mike stored it and wondered what he was doing. I’m sorry that we’ll never see Mike and his kayak at Millvale again…

Good-by Mike. Thank you for everything that you’ve given us.

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