Former Town of Darien Supervisor Remembered

February 21, 2011 Updated Feb 21, 2011 at 8:27 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

February 21, 2011 Updated Feb 21, 2011 at 8:27 PM EDT

(Town of Darien, N.Y.) Residents in the Town of Darien are still in shock after the tragic death of a local farmer and former community leader.

Kimberly John Drew was a well known maple syrup farmer and former Supervisor for the Town of Darien.

On Friday evening, he left to check on three 500-gallon sap holding tanks. According to his family, he had finished checking two of the tanks when he tried to cross Murder Creek on an ATV. That's when something went terribly wrong and Kim Drew ended up being swept away in the raging waters of the creek.

His body was found Saturday morning by searchers about 400 yards downstream from his ATV. Autopsy results listed drowning as the cause of death.

Tonight, his family is speaking out and thanking the community for their help.

"The family is so gracious for the people who came out to search for him on that cold night, for the people that came out and found him, and for the outpouring of support over the last few days from the community. It's just been amazing and we are very, very grateful," says Kim Drew's son, Greg Drew from Atlanta, GA.

In 2000, Kim Drew was elected as Town of Darien Supervisor. During his term, he is credited with helping expand the town hall by adding offices and computerizing town records.

In recent years, he was well known as a maple syrup farmer and owner of the Indian Acres Maple Farm in Darien. His family said that he was passionate about maple syrup and had recently added new reverse-osmosis equipment to make the boiling process of the sap more economical.

Services will be held Thursday at the Darien United Methodist Church, 1951 Broadway Road, Darien Center, NY.