West Pikeland Township is honored to announce the dedication of a park bench at Walnut Lane Park in memory of our Township Engineer, Ted Gacomis. Ted and his wife of 46 years, Ellen, first moved to Chester Springs in 1985 to find peace and open space in West Pikeland Township. Ted’s commitment to open space translated into many dedicated years as a volunteer on our Open Space Committee, as well as the West Pikeland Land Trust. Wearing several hats as both a township volunteer, advisor and Engineer with EB Walsh, Ted was integral to the creation of Walnut Lane Park, where this bench memorializes his diligence, tolerance, and humility.
In addition to his efforts in our township, Ted volunteered his abilities with the Rotary, Operation Honduras, Penn Wood Elementary School, Habitat for Humanity and Historic Yellow Springs. He was also the Township Engineer for Uwchlan Township and West Bradford Township.
Rising above the challenges of a difficult childhood, Ted was a dedicated mentor to engineers at his company and always strived to find the common ground to bring people and ideas together. He will best be known for his wonderful sense of humor.
Three of Ted’s engineering colleagues, a lawyer in Chester County, a friend from the Open Space Committee and his wife, Ellen, are joining with the Chester County Community Foundation to establish a scholarship in honor of Ted. The scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior in Chester County who will pursue Civil Engineering at the university level. The scholarship will include a mentoring component, an aspect very important to Ted.
It is our honor to be able to dedicate this park bench to such an amazing and talented man.