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Judy Leeds, Jeanne Hoose & Nanny Vonnegut: Ray Ellerbrook helped support Northampton skatepark

To the editor:

We would like to add to the accolades in memory of Ray Ellerbrook that he supported and celebrated every and all recreation in our community. Ray was director of the Recreation Department when we started our group, SPIN, Skatepark in Northampton.

When we approached Ray for support, he recognized that these athletes needed support and a safe and recognized place to skate, and he became one of our biggest supporters. Even though skateboarding was not part of his usual repertoire, Ray enthusiastically supported us: three moms and a posse of teenage boys.

Now, the Veterans Field park is constantly in use and appreciated by all ages. Thanks, Ray, for being able to go outside your comfort zone to support all sports. We miss you.

Judy Leeds

Jeanne Hoose

Nanny Vonnegut

Leeds

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