When Jeff Caron passed away unexpectedly in 2011, he left behind a lifelong legacy of selfless giving, committed service, and contagious humor. He engaged life deeply and was happiest himself when he was in some way helping others.

A scholarship in his name, the Dr. Jeffrey S. Caron Memorial Scholarship, was a natural extension of the person he was in life and a way for his family to ensure that he had a way to give to others posthumously. Established by his family shortly after his death, the scholarship was originally funded with donations given in lieu of flowers after his passing. The fund is available to graduating Oceanside seniors (Thomaston residents priority) intending to pursue a career in medicine.

This past spring, the first memorial scholarship funds were awarded to two young women embarking on medical careers. In the fall, Samantha Greer Dienesch-Calamari of Owls Head will attend Wake Forrest University with plans to become an emergency room doctor. Karly McKenzie Robinson of Rockland/Thomaston plans to become a registered nurse and will be attending The University of New England beginning this September.

In order to ensure continued sustainability of the fund, Jeff’s family and friends have rounded up dozens of pink flamingos with which to decorate the lawns of unsuspecting family and friends. For a minimum donation of $20, the flamboyance of flamingos will relocate to the lawn of one's choosing and bask in their pink glory until they are called away by another donor for the next flocking. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. One flocking tends to lead to another, which is entirely the point, much as Jeff’s naturally giving nature often prompted others to give of themselves as well. So far this summer the flock has graced the homes of more than 30 Thomaston area residents and is eagerly awaiting their next destination.

For the remainder of the 2014 flocking season, an anonymous childhood friend of Jeff’s who benefited from others’ generosity while pursuing a medical career has offered a dollar for dollar match, up to $1,000, for flockings or outright donations. Your donation will therefore be doubled and the scholarship fund doubly supported. Better still, the donor has agreed to repeat this offer for the next five years if the $1,000 goal is reached this year. It is a great way to share a laugh with a friend while supporting young people who intend to make helping others their life’s work as Jeff did.

To flock someone in the Thomaston area, call Jeff's mother, Sandra at 354-6005 to schedule a flocking. To make a donation to the fund, please send a check made out to Dr. Jeffrey S Caron Memorial Scholarship Fund and mail it to Sandra Caron, 36 Elm St, Thomaston, ME 04861.