Memory Box

Robson Ranch woodworkers made over a dozen boxes. Larry Ditch (Instructor), Jack Rhead (Robin or right-hand person to Boyce), Boyce Irwin (our Batman and originator of memory boxes for Cook’s Children’s Hospital), Chuck Leach, Hank Gillespie, Keith Werner, and Charley Williams (left to right). Not shown: Mick Calverley and Caryn Galderisi

Robson Ranch woodworkers made over a dozen boxes. Larry Ditch (Instructor), Jack Rhead (Robin or right-hand person to Boyce), Boyce Irwin (our Batman and originator of memory boxes for Cook’s Children’s Hospital), Chuck Leach, Hank Gillespie, Keith Werner, and Charley Williams (left to right). Not shown: Mick Calverley and Caryn Galderisi

Joey Misiaszek

Boyce Irwin is a name synonymous with box making. About six years ago, Boyce started a project to create the Beads of Courage boxes for the Children’s Hospital for terminally ill children. Each child would receive a different bead based on their treatment and the child would keep them in paper bags or whatever they could get to store their precious beads.

Each year, Boyce is approached by Cook’s Children Hospital to create memory boxes for children needing a place to store their memorable items. So, along with Jack Rhead, they set out to create about 15 boxes.

Kids have superheroes like Batman and Robin. Robson Ranch woodworkers have their own Batman and Robin team in Boyce Irwin and Jack Rhead. These two woodworkers set aside a time each year to teach other woodworkers how to make these exquisite boxes. A lot of time, effort, and love go into the making of these memory boxes. Unfortunately, some of these memory boxes become memorials for the parents and family.

These boxes were delivered to the hospital in March of 2020.

From inception date to the present, various members of the woodworkers, under the direction of Boyce Irwin, have made and delivered over 45 Beads of Courage boxes and over 70 memory boxes.

Those of us living at Robson Ranch are so proud of this group for all of their hard work and even bigger hearts.