Memorial Service Set For Missing White Plains Boy

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Tyler Madoff, 15, was from White Plains and attended Scarsdale High School.
Tyler Madoff, 15, was from White Plains and attended Scarsdale High School. Photo Credit: Scarsdale High School Yearbook

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 26, for Tyler Madoff, the White Plains teen who was washed into the ocean July 4 during a hiking and kayaking trip in Hawaii, according to published reports. His body has not been found.

The 10 a.m. service will be held at the Glen Island Park boathouse in New Rochelle.

Tyler, 15, loved to row, according to the report. He was a member of the Pelham Community Rowing Association, which has a boathouse in Glen Island Park. He was also a member of the Scarsdale High School crew team.

Tyler was part of a group of 12 students on a guided tour with Bold Earth Teen Adventures on Hawaii's Big Island. They were resting in the tide pool near Kealakekua Bay when a wave washed Madoff and another boy into the ocean below. Two Pack and Paddle tour guides, hired by Bold Earth to lead the hike, jumped in after them and recovered and resuscitated the second boy, who is recovering in Miami.

Tyler has been missing since. A U.S. Coast Guard search was called off the night of July 5.

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Although I never had the honor of meeting Tyler, everything I have heard or read proves what an Awesome person he was. If he were to say something to those who know him it would be very close to the words of a Native American Prayer or poem, whose author is unknown:

I give you this one thought to keep-
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone - I am with you still in each new dawn.