In Memoriam: Marina Neris

Marina Neris, a long-time and tireless BLT volunteer, died March 13, 2019 at Connecticut Hospice. She was a shining example of the power of volunteerism, and of the power we all have to make Branford a more beautiful place to live.

The following is adapted from an article that appeared in a 2009 issue of the BLT newsletter:

“Marina learned about the BLT through newspaper articles. She asked her Yale colleague, and BLT board member, Barbara Johnson about joining and became a member. She immediately found her niche – or rather the niche found her. The BLT was in a period of rapid land acquisitions and fundraising, and Marina took over the entering of donations for the Short Beach Preserve, and, as they say, the rest is history. She became indispensable in the BLT’s record keeping of its Sybil Creek Preserve, Saltonstall Preserve, and Santacroce Woods fundraising campaigns.

“Marina had considerable computer expertise and struggled with the BLT’s aging computer system. She and Gary Garnet, a computer professional and BLT volunteer, worked together to choose a new database system, and spent countless hours setting it up and transferring records.

“What kept her going, she said, was the dedication of so many volunteers. She joined initially because ‘the BLT represents and works for something that is important to me – the acquisition and maintenance of open space.’ She found that ‘Everyone works together so well. I’m proud to say that I volunteer for the Branford Land Trust.’

“Her favorite walk was from her home in Stony Creek over the Trolley Trail to Pine Orchard. ‘It’s so peaceful, that’s why I love living here, there are so many beautiful places to walk.’”

Marina’s work with the Land Trust helped ensure that there will be wonderful places to walk in Branford for generations to come.

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