Volunteers complete Gary R. Lessard Memorial Pavilion
A few of the volunteers gather in the construction project at 183 High St. in Candia. Standing, from left, are Jeff Philbrick, Pastor Brian Moore and Mark Galatis. Up top are Emily Galatis, Anna Philbrick, Silas Philbrick and Thomas Philbrick. The pavilion and storage barn are dedicated to the memory of Gary Lessard. (Leslie Thomas)
A pavilion and a storage barn at 183 High St. were erected under the direction of Jeff Philbrick. A big volunteer effort was formed to create a memorial for past church member Gary Lessard.
“Gary was a very personable, social, loving, caring man in the church and as memorial to him we are making a party place,” said Philbrick.
The Gary R. Lessard Memorial Pavilion’s purpose is to “create and provide a gathering place where family and friends can picnic and enjoy the outdoors the way Gary did,” said his widow, Jan Lessard.
Fellow church member and laborer Mark Galatis said there is talk about using the pavilion as a possible wedding site, perhaps because of the tucked-away location and quiet area.
They want to have a horseshoe area, volleyball in the back, fruit trees, fire-pit and a swingset someday. There are also plans for walkway pavers, a memorial plaque and landscaping to come when completion is near. Memorial bricks are being sold for $50 as a tax-deductible gift for the cause.
What makes the pavilion unique is that 15-year-old Silas Philbrick designed the pavilion structure by using a CAD software system.
“After I learned how to design with CAD, I created a real simple design for us to use,” said Silas.
Even though Silas and his brother Thomas attended nine CAD classes in Manchester, he said, “I know only the very basics. CAD is really complicated in terms of there’s so much you can do with it.”
The original carriage house, which will be used as a storage facility, was built as a 19th century design. Both structures are timber post-and-beam frames and are nearly half completed.
Jeff Philbrick is the headmaster and leader of the post-and-beam project taught at the Jesse Remington High School. He designs, cuts and makes timber frames.
“I’m the one with the post and beam skills.”
Pastor Dr. Bryan Moore of Candia Congregational Church will have students help him with a project, too.
“For a spring project, I have plans to build a firepit,” he said. “I will acquire some of the students from the Jesse Remington High School, and I will help them build it.”
He said both buildings will be completed within a year, while they raise money and do it as they can. The roof on the pavilion will be put on in September and more work will begin for the storage barn in late October.
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