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06/07/05

Arena Dedicated In Shipyard Worker's Name

It's been a little more than two months since Donald "Bubba" Eddins was gunned down on the job at Northrop Grumman Shipyard. Friends and family members are still grieving his loss, but want to keep his memory alive.

On Tuesday, a new arena was dedicated in his name at Camp Tiak.

Since last fall, Northrop Grumman employees have been building the Lakeside Campfire Arena. Midway through the project one of their fellow workers, Don Eddins, was killed at a shooting at the shipyard. 

"Mr. Donald Ray "Bubba" Eddins was a good man," said Northrop Grumman President Phillip Dur.

That's why shipyard and camp leaders decided to name the arena after Eddins.

"I ask his family to join me now as I read this commemorative plaque that will honor his memory here at Camp Tiak, where future generations of scouts will remember what he stood for," Dur said.

Eddins widow, Debbie, tried to fight back tears during the ceremony. It was an emotional day for all.

"It's rough, especially the way it happened. It's rough to lose a family member, but this is extremely hard because of the circumstances," said Bob Berry, Eddins' stepfather-in-law.  

But family members say this arena will help keep Eddins' memory alive.

"It's great that they did this in his honor. I drove all the way from Michigan just for this," Berry said.

Camp Tiak leaders hope the scouts who use the arena will take time out to reflect on all the hard work put into the project, and on the life of a man who many say embodied the qualities scouts hold dear.

by Toni Miles

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