The Granby Land Trust honors one of Granby’s best: past GLT Board Member Dick Caley, who passed away in December 2022. Dick was a special person who is very much missed. He was an incredibly loyal friend, father and spouse. He was a Granby citizen who got involved with and served his community.
He served by volunteering for Granby’s Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen, serving as president of the Salmon Brook Watershed Association, and serving multiple terms on the Granby Land Trust Board of Directors. For the GLT, he also led hikes, shared his valuable scientific knowledge, and generously supported the GLT Art Show every year.
Dick loved the land and had a biologist’s curiosity about nature. He was an especially staunch advocate for our streams and the life in them. He was a beloved biology teacher at the Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford for 37 years, where he also served as chairman of its Science Department. In the early 1980s, he and wife Carol found a plot of land in Granby where they designed and built their family home, which included a farm with animals. He was smart, intellectually curious, and witty; a terrific athlete who loved playing golf with his son Josh; someone who cared about the environment, was kind to all, and a true friend, loyal and loving. He was quick to laugh and quick to make others laugh. Time spent with Dick was time spent well.
For the past nine years, Dick’s passion lay in serving as a board member for Jog Your Memory 5K, an organization started by his daughter, Jess, and her husband, Bob, in honor of his wife Carol’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dick loved Carol so much and was incredibly dedicated to her. To honor Dick and recognize his dedication to helping others, you can make an online donation to Jog Your Memory 5K, which has created the Dick Caley Caregiver Fund in his memory, at jogyourmemory5k.org/ or by mail to Jog Your Memory 5K, 56 Nichols Road, Needham, MA 02492.