A couple of weeks ago our community suffered an unexpected loss with the death of Robin Hayes, age 43, of Round Hill. She passed away from a cardiac arrest while on duty as a physical therapist at Inova Loudoun Hospital on June 28. Her untimely demise, despite her youth and health, has reinforced to all of us how fleeting our time on earth can be. Robin was a wife and mother, leaving behind her beloved husband Tom and her sons, twin 16 year old boys, John and Matt. The outpouring of sympathy by the community has been striking. Her funeral was held quickly, the weekend of the Independence Day holiday, and despite the short notice, hundreds of friends and family gathered at the United Methodist Church to morn her passing. She was interred at nearby Ketoctin Cemetery, ringed by poplars and oaks in a lovely setting.
Everyone is still coming to grips with her passing and will no doubt do so for years to come. One thing her friends have opted to do is to make a contribution in her name at the nearby Goshen Scout Camp. Robin had volunteered countless hours in support of the Boy Scouts of America. She and her husband Tom were dedicated “Scouters” (i.e. adult volunteers) and were fixtures in the community as their sons grew up within the Scouting program. John and Matt were actually serving on staff at Goshen when their Mother passed and had to be rushed back to Loudoun in time for the funeral. So we, Robin’s family beyond her family, want to honor her memory by making a gift to the endowment fund of this worthy non-profit cause. Scouting means a lot to all of us and we thought this one of the best possible ways to remember her and the difference she made in all of our lives.
We’ve worked with the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of the BSA to establish such a memorial fund in her name and a link to it is at www.GooseCreekDistrict.Org. One heartening note in all of this was a letter I received from Randy Minchew. Many of you know him through his service within the legal community or his support of local causes but I know Randy as one of the preeminent Scouters of Loudoun County. Randy was the Scoutmaster of our local Leesburg Troop and lead our continent to the National Jamboree at Fort AP Hill. He sits on the Executive Board of NCAC and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver, the highest award that a Council within BSA may make to a volunteer. Randy posted a challenge to all of us to express our solidarity with the family by making a donation to the memorial fund which he would match dollar for dollar.
The generosity of such a gesture took me aback; Randy is committed to many endeavors, and like all of us he makes his way in the trying times in which we
live. Despite all of this that he would take up the expense associated with such a pledge speaks volumes of the warmth with which Robin will be remembered.
Our hearts go out to Robin’s family in this their time of grief and loss and we wish them all the comfort we are able.
Mike Sierra, Leesburg
Vice Chair (Communications) Goose Creek District
National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America