August-Lindell‘To Know Him Was to Love Him’

By Stephanie Keis-Timblin

As early February descended upon Western New York, and thin blankets of snow covered the valleys and hills, a virtuous man left his earthly body following an early morning farming accident in the fields that his family had worked for nearly a century. August Lindell could be described as father, friend, farmer, son, brother, mechanic, storyteller, teacher and music lover among many things.

A man dedicated to everything he set out to do in life, August was a 2002 graduate of Ellicottville Central School, and later a 2004 graduate of Alfred State University where he completed an associate’s degree in Diesel Mechanics. After giving up his mechanics career with local construction company J.D. Northrup, August returned to the Lindell family farm to follow in the footsteps of his father Steve and grandfather Paul.

August was known far and wide for his charismatic personality and ability to make friends with anyone he encountered. As the news of August’s passing traveled throughout the community, after the shock wore off, the stories of his life began to flow. His life touched many in his 29 short years among us. Although farming was his passion, his heart belonged to his children Tatymn and Theryn “Bubba,” now ages six and three.

A community committee was formed to honor his memory and provide for his children with the blessing of his parents Steve and Susan, and siblings Ethan and Sarah.

“Remembering August: A Benefit for Tatymn and Bubba” will be held at the Great Valley Fire Hall located at 6035 Depot St. on Saturday, June 29 from 2–8 p.m. All proceeds from the benefit will be donated to a college fund for August’s children in care of their grandparents. Most importantly, aside from any monetary success, this will be an opportunity for many to share the joy of having known August with his family and children.

Advance sale tickets are available for $10 and will be available for $15 at the door. The price of admission includes a chance to win a 32-inch flat screen television or a hand crafted picnic table courtesy of Ellicottville BOCES, and Jim and Adrienne St. John. Entertainment includes live music performed by the band We Speak Canadian, DJ Asa Moss, a silent auction, a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffles every hour and much more.

Auction items that have been generously donated include a homemade queen-size quilt and pillows crafted by Nancy Desjarlais, a $20 gift certificate from Carson’s Ashford House, a $25 gift certificate and two lunches for two at Madigan’s, an overnight stay at the Wingate Ellicottville, a $100 gift certificate to Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Service, free oil changes for a year from Day’s Auto, a one-night golf or ski package at Tamarack, two  rounds of golf, two pool passes, two Sky High Adventure Park passes, two tubing passes from Holiday Valley Resort, a gallery painting from artist Shad Nowicki, a handmade quilt courtesy of Rae and Fred Light, a handcrafted wooden flower box by Robert McCarthy and many more. A complete list of nearly 100 donated items appears on the Remembering August Facebook page.

Donations for both the silent and Chinese auctions can be dropped off at Day’s Auto on the Martin Road in Great Valley, or arrangements for pick up can be made by calling (716) 699-5802.

Tickets for the benefit can be purchased at numerous local establishments or by contacting committee members Tom Scharf, Lindsey Coburn, Kristin Bird, Jennifer Penhollow, Jess Costello, Stephanie Keis-Timblin, Ken Hinman, Fred Witt, Rick Howard, Cathy Haar, Ken Day, Derah Black-Day or Ally Day.