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In Memoriam: Jay Trickey


Jay Trickey

(May 3, 1965 - April 1 2012)


Jay Trickey became the leader of Den 5 when his son Alex joined Pack 270 as a Tiger Scout. Jay's calm, easy-going nature allowed him to manage a group of sometimes rowdy boys, yet he took his role very seriously. Along with play time, he taught the lessons required for the boys to move ahead in the ranks. Jay himself had fond memories of Scouting in his childhood. He enjoyed camping, fishing, shooting BB guns, and most of all building model rockets. The Pinewood Derby was of special interest to him, even as an adult.


By profession, Jay and his wife Pam co-owned a Web development company called TrickeyForum. During a summer Cub Scout meeting in which the leadership was looking for volunteers, former Cubmaster Jeff Timmons noticed Jay wearing a T-shirt with a web development logo on it and said, "I think we found our new webmaster." Jay returned home and told his wife who was very excited about the project. Jay and Pam developed a database-driven website with an interface that would allow anyone who was designated to make updates, even if they did not have a technical background. As such, it would be easy to "pass the baton" to the next webmaster.


When Jay was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, it was Alex's first year in the Webelos. As Den leader, he made the other parents and the Cubmaster aware that there may be a time when he was unable to lead his group. He received much support from the Pack and from the Middle Gate community. Jay was pleased to take Alex on the Cub Scout overnight trip on The Battleship Massachusetts in January 2012.  Sadly, he was admitted to the hospital a couple of weeks later and passed away shortly after. Richard Gairing, one of the Den 5 fathers, stepped in as den leader to continue working with the boys to ultimately earn their Webelos badges.