Unfortunately, our county had two community stalwarts pass away during the last several weeks.
In late June, long-time Lamar Township Supervisor Bill Garbrick Sr. passed away. Former Lock Haven Mayor and Clinton County Commissioner Harold “Bud” Yost Jr. died a couple of weeks later.
Bill Garbrick was a true gentleman, one that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it but would also tell you where to go, if need be. I’m guessing that I first met Bill in the early 1980s, at or near the beginning of his long run as supervisor. He put in countless hours as an elected official and community volunteer. Whether it was the Fairgrounds speedway issue, Route 220/ Fairgrounds Road improvements, water and sewer, Lamar Township Business Park or the development of Long Run Park, Bill was always there when needed. And don’t forget he was a founding member of the Lamar Township Volunteer Fire Company in Salona, and he served there for almost six decades.
The pictures of the fire company original founders/members were great to look at during Bill’s visitation.
Bill was a fireman, roadmaster, grandfather, sports supporter, supervisor, husband and father, and to many of us — a friend that will be missed.
Another friend to the community was Bud Yost. He was a former Lock Haven City Councilman, City Mayor and County Commissioner (it was a great to see the picture of so many former commissioners at his viewing, which was an effort organized by former commissioners Adam Coleman and Tom Bossert).
Bud was a well-known star athlete at Lock Haven High School and went on to play football at Penn State. He held court for many years at the Eagle Hotel. When son Buddy III decided to play football at New Hampshire for Bud Jr.’s former teammate Bill Bowes, Bud Jr. once told me that was the greatest time of his life – making the trips up and back to New England.
I saw Bud not long before he passed, and he looked like the Bud we always knew.
He said he was doing the easy things in life — playing cards with Paul Mahoney, helping out his nephews Troy and Sam Probst at FaberFab when needed, and just enjoying life.
Our condolences to the families of both William E. Garbrick Sr. and Harold C. Yost Jr.
Thanks to the families for sharing Bill and Bud with our greater community.