Rogue Rowing has named a new boat the "Tilly" after the Ashland resident who was killed in Portland last May as he intervened to stop a neo-Nazi harassing of two young women on the city’s Max light train.

In a dedication ceremony last weekend, the 8-person boat was christened by Asha Deliverance, the mother of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, known as Tilly. In a moving ceremony at the Rogue Rowing boathouse by Emigrant Lake attended by around 60 rowers, Tilly’s mother, Asha, poured champagne over the boat.

“Tilly always loved boats so this is a perfect way to remember him,” she said.

The new boat will be rowed by members of the junior crew when the new season starts later this month.

“It’s a perfect way to remember this local hero,” said Rick Brown, Rogue Rowing’s Executive Director and Head Coach. “Tilly will live on in story and on the water for generations to come.”

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