Meet the Hattie Brown Award Recipient for the 229th Fourth of July Celebration -
The 2014 recipient of the Hattie Brown Award, Roy Leffingwell, can be seen in volunteer service all over town, with either his Boy Scout Troop or the Bristol Train of Artillery. He can be seen replacing veteran flags at cemeteries, painting the wall at North Burial Ground, shooting the cannon at Flag Day, posting colors at town ceremonies, or leading Bristol food drives.
A 1972 graduate of Bristol High School he holds a BA from Rhode Island College and is the owner and operator of Leffingwell’s Garage. He has two children, Bryan Leffingwell and Shana Giarrusso.Photo: Hattie Brown Award Roy Leffingwell (left) outside the Bristol Train of Artillery.
His over 30 years of community service began when Shana and Bryan wanted to participate in various activities. This led to his involvement in Little League, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. When his daughter chose cheerleading as an activity he discovered a coach was needed. Our Hattie Brown recipient stepped in and became the cheerleading coach. At one point the cheering squad went to regional finals and he was the only male coach. When his son was old enough to join a scout troop there were three troops in town. He elected to become involved with the one that had 6 members and no leadership. The unit quickly flourished as his cub pack members followed him. Soon the unit was 30 strong. Over his many years as scoutmaster 35 boys in the troop became Eagle scouts. This year marks Roy’s twenty-fifth year as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. During that time 35 unit members advance to Eagle He remains as the Scoutmaster of Troop 6 and is actively involved in overseeing scouting in Bristol county.
Because his regular scout meeting night at St Mary’s Church was not always available he needed to find another location for those nights. That led to his involvement in the Bristol Train of Artillery when it was suggested that might be an alternate meeting place. It was necessary to obtain a key from a member when the Troop met at the BTA so a member recommended he join so he would get a key and have access as needed. Upon joining he realized that the BTA Hall badly needed upgrading and he quickly became involved with others in bringing about the renovations that are evident at the BTA Hall today. His advancement to his current rank of Major reflects his commitment and active participation in the BTA.
He is also an active supporter of Special Olympics. Characteristically his involvement began when asked to fill in on one occasion as an adult partner. This led to his being asked again and now he is in his 15th year as a Special Olympics adult partner.
Roy’s record of volunteerism has earned him the Hattie Brown award, an honor he would sooner forego, preferring to serve the community outside the spotlight.
It is our pleasure once again to present the 2013 Hattie Brown Award recipient to Roy Leffingwell.