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Honoring the Scullys

Posted: December 18, 2017 2:45 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2017 1:00 a.m.

We join with the community in offering our hearty congratulations and heartfelt thanks to former Camden mayor Tony and Joy Scully, who were honored by the city of Camden with a leadership legacy bench.

More than 100 people gathered Friday in Kirkwood Common to honor the Scullys; this is probably the largest group to attend a bench dedication ceremony since the program started. 

That, alone, speaks volumes.

That the Scullys are deserving of such recognition is a given. Both have worked tirelessly, in so many ways, to help make Camden and Kershaw County such a great place to live. If there’s something worthwhile to be done, you can bet they are deeply involved in getting it done.

But it is rare for two people to make such an impact in such a relatively short amount of time. They moved to Camden a dozen years ago, ostensibly to retire after enjoying very successful and interesting careers in the arts -- she as an award winning actress; he as a writer, producer, director and actor. Possessed of superior intellects, engaging, charismatic, effervescent, genuine, down-to-earth personalities and enormous stores of energy, the Scullys became involved early on in so many areas, from the arts to the political arena, all the while putting everyone and everything else in the spotlight. One will simply never hear either of them talk about their accomplishments unless you prodded them to do so. Then again, such prodigious accomplishments speak for themselves. 

As C-I publisher and long-time friend Mike Mischner notes, “this bench is far from a symbolic gesture to Tony and Joy, for the legacy they leave for Camden is not symbolic but rather incredibly tangible. Their impact on Camden has truly been immeasurable.”

Again, our heartiest congratulations and deepest thanks – the day the Scullys chose to come home here was our great fortune.

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