Avon’s 9/11 Memorial Honors Amy Toyen
Located on a grassy circle in front of the Avon Free Public Library, a memorial to 9/11 honors Amy Toyen. The beloved daughter of Martin and Dorine Toyen of Avon died Tuesday, September 11, 2001, as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Born on June 20, 1977, Amy was raised in Avon. She was a 1995 graduate of Avon High School, and a 1999 graduate of Bentley College. Employed by Thomson Financial in Boston, Amy was in New York attending a technology conference in the World Trade Center.
Her spirit is memorialized in a statue commissioned by Avon High School’s Student Government 2001-2001. Canton artist Marilyn Parkinson Thrall designed and executed a 22-inch bronze statue depicting Amy as a young girl, sitting cross-legged on a bench and cradling a teddy bear as she reads a book on her lap. Amy’s family sorted through many pictures in order to help Thrall capture her essence, incorporating her favorite daisy-print dress, tiny sneakers, and ponytails tied with pompom rubber bands. The statue sits upon a
granite bench with a plaque that tells the full story.
Presented by the
2001-2002 Avon High School
and the Avon community
in memory of
Amy E. Toyen, age 24
and all the victims
of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.