The Steve Landry Tree
The first tree is dedicated in memory of Steve Landry (1960-1994). Landry was a graduate of Texas A&M University majoring in landscape architecture. During Steve's struggle with AIDS, his father, Chuck Landry, became a long-time benefactor of the AIDS Project of Greater Danbury. This organization donated and planted the tree so that the memory of Steve's life may live on. The AIDS Project of Greater Danbury is a non-profit organization founded in 1987. Its mission is to advocate for and provide supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and loved ones.
The Bryon T. Johnson Tree
The second or middle tree is dedicated to Bryon T. Johnson (1915-1988), Danbury's Tree Warden for thirteen years during the 1970's and 80's. Johnson graduated from Danbury schools before attending the University of Massachusetts. He was involved in many civic activities and served as president of the Lion's Club and the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Johnson served in World War II with the Army Corp. of Engineers.
The Edward J. Crotty Tree
The third tree is dedicated to Edward J. "Copper" Crotty (1912-1988). Crotty, born in Danbury, was a graduate of Danbury High School and Notre Dame University. He taught and coached at the university level before returning to Danbury in 1947 as the High School's head football coach where he created a legacy of success that culminated in a 72-9-4 record upon his retirement in 1979. In addition to receiving numerous awards and recognitions for his dedication to the city's youth and athletics, Crotty also served as Director of Danbury's Parks and Recreation Department for 31 years.