Ron Eberz was a 1966 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Automotive Technology graduate who suddenly passed away on June 23, 2012. His family is keeping his name and memory alive through a new EASTERN student award they have recently established. The Eberz family will present the Ron Eberz Memorial Award to one EASTERN student at EASTERN’s Awards Night on May 29, 2013.
Ron was able to utilize the skills and knowledge he acquired at EASTERN throughout his life. He served in the U.S. Navy as an airplane mechanic, after which Ron spent many years working in the printing industry. He then started his own home contracting small business. Most recently he was a maintenance engineer for a local commercial real estate company. He was a longtime volunteer at the Sunny Willow Swim Club and a football coach at St. John of the Cross Church. He was a valued contributor to the efforts of the Upper Moreland Historical Association. He was a self-taught computer genius and could repair and rebuild a computer with ease.
Ron joined Boy Scout Troop 354 in 1958 and was an original member of the fledgling Willow Grove Troop. He was also one of the charter members of the 354 Alumni Scouters organization, spending the last 14 years of his 27 year membership as a director on the Board.
Ron was the type of person who would lend a hand to anyone in need and he did so frequently and willingly. He enjoyed teaching his sons and sons-in-law how to complete projects for their homes and could be found working by their sides. Ron had many talents and shared them with everyone he knew.
The Eberz family will give the award directly to the post-secondary institution of the selected student’s choice. This award is open to students in all 14 EASTERN programs. Criterion for this award is as follows: the student must be a senior; can be a male or female student; the student must be continuing his/her education after high school graduation; the student must be involved in some form of service project or organization that serves the community, children, or a cause in which he/she is passionate about; and the student must have 10 absences or less. The student nominees will be narrowed down to three students by EASTERN’s Student Recognition Committee, and the final three students will be interviewed by the Eberz family. The Eberz family will select the student for the award.
For friends and family who would like to donate to the annual Ron Eberz Memorial Award, please make checks payable to “The EASTERN Foundation” indicating “Ron Eberz Memorial Award” in the note section. Checks can be sent to the EASTERN Foundation at 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.
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