YORKTOWN, N.Y. — The incredibly hot weather did not faze members of the Yorktown community as they gathered at the Yorktown Grange on Tuesday evening to dedicate a future building to the memory of Jerry Mulcahy.
Mulcahy, who died in 2004, was involved in the Yorktown Grange for more than 40 years and was a director of 4-H, a youth development organization. He held several leadership positions, including chairman and secretary of the Yorktown Grange Fair Association, as well as chairman of the flower show for the annual fair.
“When he passed, we decided to put up a building in his name,” said Nicole Fervan, current Yorktown Grange president. “After eight years we raised about two-thirds of the money, so we decided to go for it.”
The Grange Fair Association hopes to finish construction by this year’s fair, which will be held Sept. 6-9. Fundraising will continue in order to reach the $34,000 cost to construct the building. The structure will hold the fair’s flower exhibits, as opposed to the tents used in previous years.
During the dedication ceremony, Fervan spoke of how Jerry was responsible for getting many of the current Yorktown Grange members involved.
“We’re here because of him. You know what a special and wonderful man he was,” Fervan said to the crowd of Mulcahy’s supporters.
Jerry’s widow, Jean Mulcahy, expressed her admiration for all that her husband had accomplished for the Yorktown Grange and 4-H.
“Jerry was a people person,” she said. “Forgetting him is not possible. He was a great guy who couldn’t say no to anyone who needed him.”