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Penn Township pond bench a memorial to boy who loved fishing

Friends remember 5-year-old Carson Rudick as a cheerful boy who spent hours fishing at the Penn Township Municipal Park pond with his father, James.

When Carson died in July as the result of a tumor, family friend Denny Kosoglow and other community members decided to do something to honor the young fisherman.

A new bench at the pond serves as a memorial to Carson, and friends hope it will encourage others to enjoy Carson’s favorite pastime.

“It’s a beautiful bench to serve his friends and family with a memory of all the good times that were shared there,” said Kosoglow, who teaches at Penn-Trafford High School.

In August, Kosoglow asked the Penn Township recreation board for permission for volunteers to install the bench at the park. The board members agreed but suggested the location be changed from the rear of the pond to the front so the memorial won’t be disturbed by future construction projects, which include reshaping the pond.

Family friends bought the granite bench, and volunteers helped place it at the pond.

The bench features the Superman logo, flanked by Carson’s name and birth and death dates. Kosoglow said friends chose the Superman logo to represent Carson’s strength as he fought his illness.

Kosoglow said he hopes the bench will provide a place for parents and children to sit while they create their own memories of fishing or spending time in the park.

“Carson and his father spent a lot of time there, and (Carson) pretty much grew up around the pond,” Kosoglow said. “The bench is a way to remember the good times they had, and hopefully other families will have similar experiences.”

Kosoglow said friends are planning a fishing derby in the spring in memory of Carson. He said details of the event have not been discussed yet.


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