This month my friend Brian Cain past away. He was at the bank taking care of his financial concerns and suffered a heart attack.
I met Brian in 2008 as I got started in Oakwood. Brian was generally inebriated but we had some great conversation when I would visit him at his trailer. One thing was for certain, Brian would be with his small dog. When he walked and when he was able to purchase motorcycle, Brian and his dog were joined at the hip.
What I will remember most about Brian was his initiative and the lasting legacy he has left with my organization, CoHO.
In 2012, Brian came to my office and asked me about a garden. I told him that it sounded like a great idea. He then asked me if the garden could be in the front yard of our office. I told him that was something I could look into. Well Brian took some initiative and contacted his sister who attends St. Joseph Catholic Church here in Conway.
I would say about two weeks later, a truck pulled up with Lt. Col (ret.) Lou and Mrs. Barbara. They asked did I know Brian to which I said, “Yes.” Mrs. Barbara proceeded to tell me how Brian initiated this plan for the garden and contacted his sister. So a vision began to take shape by my friend Brian to provide a healthy food source for people in Oakwood.
As you can see in the pictures below, Brian’s idea began with eight garden boxes in Oakwood. Now these gardens have expanded into the communities of Brookside and South Ash. The students at CoHO Academy assist in caring for the garden as well as the CoHO Garden Club which is a group of volunteers who provided additional support.
This is the legacy of my friend Brian Cain. He contributed a simple idea which has now become a major initiative for CoHO. His simple vision has provided food, educational opportunities, and opportunities for people in Conway to get involved at CoHO.
I am very thankful to have known Brian. He improved my life through conversation and now in his physical absence he has a fingerprint on CoHO. He reminds me that all of us can take a simple idea and use it to improve the lives of others.
Thank you Brian. You will be missed.