Letter: The story behind 'Tink man' sculpture
To the Editor:
It was brought to my attention that the sculpture Tink man was recently in the Bennington Banner. Credit of that photo goes to Charlie Bargamian. I thought perhaps there might be an interest in the background of the Tink man. Our beloved son Richard C Tinkham left this world, September 22, 2016 at the age of 25. This great loss was felt community wide. Tink man was a brainstorm of a HAYC3 (Hoosick Area Youth Coalition) member, and friend. Richard (aka Tink) was a union welder and loved it. He always had a love of working with his hands.
Our garage, and his was full of his tools, car parts and all things metal. All the parts and pieces of Tink man hold a special meaning or memory. The red milk can was a gift from Richard on Mother's Day several years ago. The work boots, are his boots. The time set on the clock was his time of birth. The raised hand holds a box, which he made, in it is a family picture, and the box was welded shut. I could go on and on about all the parts. The young man that welded it together is a friend of Richard's and we consider him and his beautiful family as part of our family.
His young girls and wife stayed the whole time as it was being constructed. The land it currently sits on was donated to HAYC3 and it was used it as a garden. We are considering moving Tink man to our property, as that space will not have a garden this year.
Something that will always stay in place is a granite bench that sits in front of the Army not from where Tink man is. The bench is engraved with Richard's name and the quote "The Man, The Myth, The Legend". Each Christmas season we place a living tree, near it and load it with lights. Loved ones and friends adorn it with ornaments. These ornaments are saved and placed on the new tree the following year. The tree is decorated for upcoming holidays. Currently it decorated with Easter eggs. The tree will soon be planted on our property.
Because of the generosity and hard work of so many caring people, we were able to establish a scholarship in Richard's name. This scholarship goes to a graduating senior of Hoosick Falls Central School who will be continuing their education in technical, trade, vocational studies, or going under an apprenticeship in such fields. There are three major fundraising events that benefit the scholarship, Rock on for Richard, RCT golf tournament and a Poker Run. All these things give us a positive to focus on as we try to make something good come out of a horrible situation. With the love and help from people of this community, friends, and family, we know Richard's
memory will live on. Thank you to all.
Pam and Rick Tinkham and Leah Tinkham-Morgan,
Hoosick Falls, New York
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