ACTrees Members Invited to Plant Memorial Trees

Washington, DC (January 14, 2014) – ACTrees is deeply saddened to report that in early December Ray Tretheway’s son-in-law was killed while attempting to help an injured motorist on a Pittsburgh highway. Ray is ACTrees’ former board president, and Executive Director of the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPittsburgh physician Dr. Andrew S. Fisher, 35, is the beloved husband of Elinor (Elly) Tretheway and devoted father of Peter Wilder and Estelle Elizabeth. Here’s an article about the accident, and the  obituary in the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette.

ACTrees will be supporting a tree planting in Pittsburgh as a memorial to Andrew, and the Tretheway and Fisher families. As part of the extended ACTrees family, we invite our member organizations to consider planting a tree in honor of Dr. Andrew Fisher and his family.

Trees for Tucson has already pledged its support to plant a memorial tree. “As a founding member of ACTrees, working with our first president for many years, Ray Tretheway, I was profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the recent tragic loss of Ray and Judy Tretheway’s son-in-law,” said Executive Director Joan Lionetti. “I encourage and urge all of our ACTrees founders and new members in cities across the U.S. to plant a tree as a united symbol of our empathy and condolences to the Fisher and Tretheway families.”

ACTrees staff and the full Board will also donate to the Andrew Fisher Memorial Fund, in care of the Pittsburgh Foundation, which the family has established. May we all be buoyed by the healing power of trees.