Greg Auriemma remembered at park he helped preserve

A memorial gathering was held for Greg Auriemma Monday near a tree planted in his memory at Traders Cove Marina which he fought to save from development. [PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN]

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Years ago, Greg Auriemma fought to keep the plot of land now known as Traders Cove Marina from becoming a housing development. 

On Monday, more than one year after this death, his friends, family and fellow environmentalists held a memorial service for him and planted a tree in his honor.

“This is a place that he put a lot of his heart and being into to protect, so this is the perfect place,” Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra cCub said Aug. 27. 
“As everyone comes here to enjoy this marina and park, they should realize that this happened because people fought to save it and Greg was one of those people.”
Last July Mr. Auriemma, who was a Brick resident and chair of the Sierra Club’s Ocean County Chapter, went on a solo hiking trip in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. 
He had planned the trip as a celebration for his treatment of brain cancer going better than expected. He never returned and later that month his body was found in an empty river bed 5 miles from his campsite. 
Dozens of local environmentalists congregated behind the boathouse at Traders 
Cove at the spot where a tree was planted in Mr. Auriemma’s honor. 
Friends and family spoke to his passion for environmental issues, his Friday afternoon phone calls and his get-it-done-attitude.
“Greg was his own person, no would could change him from the way he was, ever since the day he was born,” said his mother, Catherine Auriemma. “He had always been who he was until the day he left this earth. That is the most important thing to me, what he did on this Earth and where he is now.”