IN LOVING MEMORY

CARROLL AND ROBERT (BOB) GILGES

Bob and Carroll loved nature and animals.  They were in touch with C.A.S.H. for as long as we can remember, as they deeply shared C.A.S.H.’s views about hunting.  In the 1990s they started a local group called Citizens for the Prohibition of Hunting in Greenwich.  Later it became statewide under the name,  Citizens for Hunting Safety.   I remember hearing from Bob about a deer who had been shot on his property, and how painful it was to see this little one die.

After moving from Connecticut to Virginia, where they had acquired 700 acres for the benefit of wildlife, they were shocked by the dog-hunting that disturbed their peace, and marred the utopia they wished to create for wild animals.

As C.A.S.H. tried to find contact information for Carroll, in order to talk about dog hunting in VA, we found instead that their lives were taken last June in a flash flood as they drove home in the evening.

Through their close friend, Natalie Jarnstedt, we were able to contact their children who provided us with more information about their lives that were dedicated to making the world a better place.  Their generous contributions to land preservation for wildlife would take volumes, but here are a few excerpts from what their daughter, Peggy, wrote to us.

When my parents lived in the backcountry of Greenwich, CT, in the 1990s they became very active in advocating to stop hunting there. They were alarmed when a deer was shot right in front of my father one day, very near to their house. It made them realize that their own property was not safe for them or their pets, or the wildlife they loved to watch on their property. Recognizing that Greenwich was increasingly suburban, they felt that any hunting there should be banned, and they formed the group Citizens for Prohibition of Hunting in Greenwich, which later expanded to become a statewide group, Citizens for Hunting Safety

During the time they lived in Greenwich, Mom worked as a wildlife rehabilitator.  In Virginia, Mom continued with wildlife rehabilitation, in particular with raccoons and skunks…. All wildlife was welcomed and appreciated on their 700 acre farm, Puppy Run…

We were shocked and saddened to learn that their lives were cut short,  but will be eternally thankful for all they’ve done for land and water preservation, and especially for the individual animals they protected, healed, and mourned for.          -A.M.


SOLVEJG ZAFERES and her friend.

After trying to reach Solvejg several times, and not hearing back, we assumed she was just busy.  It was with great sadness that we learned of her passing in August, 2018.

Solvejg touched so many people in the animal protection movement in New York City, and she was relentless in her tabling and name gathering.  If you had a cause, an organization, Solvejg was there to support you, in addition to her own causes.

I first met Solvejg a very long time ago, when she enlisted me to help her table in the Bronx. Later, Solvejg attended a demonstration we had to expose the Beretta gun shop above a boutique in Manhattan by the same name.    She was there as well for the League of Humane Voters fundraiser.  Always diligent in all that she did, no one got past her without signing in and buying a raffle ticket.

We were honored that after Solvejg could no longer drive, she donated her beloved Bronco to C.A.S.H.  It was an extremely sad day, traumatic, when she said “Goodbye” to her car. It had allowed her to table outside of the city, bringing others with her, regardless of the weather conditions, her Bronco got her to where she wanted to go to do more work for the animals.

About 1992 or so, C.A.S.H.  had a demonstration in New Paltz at the DEC (several years prior to my moving up here) and I told everyone to get off at Exit 19 on the New York State Thruway. Solvejg was soooo upset.  She called and told me that it was Exit 18!  I said I thought it was 19 and she said, “I know, because my daughter lives up there.”  Miraculously, we somehow were able to get the word out about the exit change, and had a good demo at the NYS DEC.

Solvejg was a gentle, soft-spoken soul with a lion’s heart and grit.  She was one of the finest people we’ve ever met, and we’ll miss her forever.

-A.M

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