When Ron Cameron of West Chester died suddenly in 2006 at the age of 38, his family decided to turn this tragedy into a legacy that would honor his memory. The first year, shortly after his death, they held a golf outing with all proceeds going to the Ron Cameron Memorial Scholarship Fund. In subsequent years, both the golf outing and scholarship funds have grown to help students pursue a career in the construction trade. Cameron had been working at Delcard Associates in New Castle, Del., as a commercial sheet metal mechanic when he died. This year's recipient of the Ron Cameron Memorial Scholarship Fund is Tom Boyd, who will be attending Drexel University. Boyd was presented the scholarship at Unionville High School on Wednesday, May 21, at the awards ceremony by Cameron's twin sister, Heather. Boyd, coincidentally, also has a twin sister. He received a $5, 000 scholarship, a plaque and an invitation to participate in the annual golf outing and dinner with the previous winners. The scholarship was set up to recognize excellence, a passion for the trades and a strong work ethic and reward deserving students aspiring to an education and career in the mechanical trades or construction. Students are chosen who best exemplify Cameron's zest for life, friendship, loyalty and hard work. Benjamin Clark was the 2007 winner.Cameron had attended Unionville High School and his friends were instrumental in establishing the fund. One of his friends said, "I could picture myself doing this 10 years from now to help keep Ron's memory alive." The foundation, whose theme is "contributing pride, passion, excellence and a zest for life to the trade" will hold this year's golf outing at Loch Nairn Golf Club on McCue Road in Avondale on Wednesday, June 4. The entry fee is $150. Non-golfers can pay $50 for dinner and a reception. There are prizes awarded in many different categories. I" Cameron's mother, Bunny, said, got a trophy last year because my chair was closest to the pin." To find out more information about this year's golf outing to benefit the Ron Cameron Foundation, visit roncameronfoundation.org.
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