Date Of Visit: September 9, 2017
Location: parking lot of Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT
Highlights: A life size sculpture of Amy reading a book and clutching a teddy bear
- The sculpture is located in the parking lot next to the left side of the library
Sixteen years. Who could imagine so much time has passed?
One hundred and fifty six people with ties to Connecticut died on that tragic day. A memorial rests on the grounds of the Avon Free Public Library to memorialize one of these, and indeed all of the victims of this day.
Amy Toyen, a resident of Connecticut and employee of Thomson Financial in Newton, Connecticut. As a side note, when I researched this memorial and Amy, I never knew she worked at the very same corporation I used to work at. It’s amazing how we all seem to be connected in some way.
Amy, a 1995 Avon High graduate, was killed Sept. 11 while she set up her company’s display booth for a trade show on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower.
Dedicated by the 2001-2002 Avon High School Student Government and the Avon community, the 22″ bronze statue depicts a young child, Amy Toyen, on a granite bench reading a book, a teddy bear resting in the crook of her elbow.
To help create the sculpture, Amy’s parents selected a group of photos that portray their daughter as they remember her.
The sculpture shows Amy in daisy print dress, her favorite sneakers and ponytails tied with pompom rubber bands
A scholarship was also started in Amy’s name. The first recipient of the annual Amy E. Toyen Memorial Scholarship went to Christine Bialaski, an Avon High senior and honors student who is active in community service, music and field hockey.
Coincidentally, the Bialaski family lives down the street from the Toyens. As a young child, Amy Toyen often waited for the morning school bus at the Bialaskis’ home after her mother left for her teaching job at Renbrook School.
The sculptor, Marilyn Parkinson Thrall of Canton, Connecticut, stops by every once in a while to polish and clean up the sculpture.
The statue, a reminder of all that was lost that day, remembers Amy in a younger, more carefree time.
Amy’s obituary can be found here.