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Fear the walking man

Thursday, October 26, 2017

It’s common knowledge that one of the most popular things about living in Forsyth is the many opportunities residents have to get outside and exercise. Perhaps no one knew that better than Paul Wayne Fear.

Mr. Fear lived in Forsyth and loved to walk on the trails at Forsyth Park. When he died last fall at 88, he had logged over 34,000 miles on foot. You read that right. Think of it another way: that’s like walking the roughly 8,000 miles to India — on the other side of the world — and back, not once but twice.

To honor Mr. Fear’s memory and his walking prowess, his daughter Janet Greene worked with Public Works Director Larry Coloni to find the proper spot to place a fitting monument. So back in the summer, a handsome plaque with Mr. Fear’s pleasant likeness was attached to a stone and placed on a concrete base on the trail behind the Village’s maintenance building.

If you haven’t seen it, stop and have a look, probably with some awe at the feat. Mr. Fear, who was an Army veteran, deserves a salute for his service and for his dedication to an incredible accomplishment that he took on one step at a time.

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