Oak tree grows in Archbishop Ryan student’s memory

Re­mem­ber­ing Timothy: Mar­tin and Geor­gette Con­nors placed a wreath near a tree on the Arch­bish­op Ry­an lawn to mark the second an­niversary of the death of their 15-year-old son, Timothy. Alaina, 7, and Char­lotte, 4, were his lov­ing sis­ters. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

Timothy Con­nors’ fam­ily and friends re­cently marked the two-year an­niversary of his death by pla­cing a spe­cial wreath in front of a grow­ing tree planted in his memory a year ago.

The wreath and tree are on the grounds of Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School.

Timmy, as he was known to fam­ily and friends, was a 15-year-old fresh­man at Ry­an when he was hit by a car and died on the af­ter­noon of May 17, 2011. 

He was leav­ing school for the day when he was hit on busy Academy Road as he ran to catch a bus.

An oak tree was planted on the lawn to mark the first an­niversary of his passing. The wreath fea­tured the like­ness of Spi­der­m­an, as the teen­ager was a big fan of the su­per­hero.

Timmy at­ten­ded Nativ­ity of Our Lord Ele­ment­ary School from pre-kinder­garten through sixth grade, then spent two years at Our Lady of Port Rich­mond after a neigh­bor­hood con­sol­id­a­tion of Cath­ol­ic schools.

Mar­tin and Geor­gette Con­nors are grate­ful for the sup­port of the Ry­an com­munity.

Next year, they plan to in­stall a plaque to mark the three-year an­niversary of their son’s death. Timmy would have been a mem­ber of Ry­an’s Class of 2014.

The Con­nors fam­ily, which also in­cludes 7-year-old Alaina and 4-year-old Char­lotte, would like to see traffic slow down on Academy Road. 

They sug­gest a traffic light south of Comly Road, a left turn sig­nal in­to Ry­an’s en­trance and cam­er­as that would take pic­tures of the li­cense plates of cars go­ing through red lights. 

Mo­tor­ists go­ing through red lights would re­ceive a $100 tick­et in the mail.

Mar­tin Con­nors, a po­lice de­tect­ive, writes a blog, “Forever Fif­teen,” in memory of his son and hopes to bol­ster a schol­ar­ship fund named in his memory. 

He also speaks with moms and dads griev­ing the death of a child and sup­ports an ef­fort to ex­tend the fed­er­al Fam­ily and Med­ic­al Leave Act to cov­er par­ents who’ve lost a child.

Con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Timothy Con­nors Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship, 11201 Academy Road, Phil­adelphia, PA 19154. ••

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