2001-09-08 / Sports

Breezy Point Par-Tee News by Marion Lynch

Breezy Point Par-Tee News by Marion Lynch

The Tournament has come and gone, but as always in the past, scores and winners are only revealed at the luncheon two weeks hence. It gives us a chance, therefore, at this time, to tell you something about the members of our club who have given so much of their time to help the season work so successfully.

One of the ladies, Gloria Tropea, has been a member six years, and this year proved her generosity as she donated her time and talents to getting our luncheons underway. Gloria is one of those girls from across the bridge. In this case the Triboro, as she first saw light of day in the Bronx. She lived there six years with her mother and sister Elvira, and when her mom remarried, she moved to good old Brooklyn where another sister, Marion, was added to the family.

Gloria attended P.S. 215 and graduated from Lafayette H.S. She then went to work for the U.S. Government at an Army base as a secretary. On New Year’s Eve 1945, she was destined to meet the man in her life, Frank, when she accepted a blind date. Not one to lose out on a good thing, Frank took her out the next day, and saw her every day until they walked down the aisle on June 29, 1947. Tom arrived a year later. Susan, the light of their lives, arrived the following year, and son Bill two years later.

Tom grew up to become a teacher, and then switched to the Fire Department, where today he is a captain. Married to Kathy, a NYC teacher, they now live in Oceanside. Their daughter, Lisa is a star athlete and is a senior at St. John’s University. Tommy, their son, has just left for Tufts, where he is a pre-med student. Bill started as a teacher and switched to the Fire Dept. He is also an accomplished musician, playing the piano, organ and cello, and still substitutes in the NYC school system in their music departments. His wife Janet is also is a NYC schoolteacher in Brooklyn. Granddaughter Samantha attends Mark Twain JHS, while little Billy is in P.S. 215, where his mother teaches.

While staying home with the children in their growing up years, Gloria was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Columbettes, where she was President for four years. She also found time to assist Frank in running bingos and fundraisers in his association. In addition, she was President of their Block Association. When they purchased their home in Roxbury on the bay about 20 years ago, Gloria became involved with the Roxbury People’s Association and eventually served on their Board of Directors for two years.

In the summer of 1989, they became permanent residents. Gloria joined the Breezy Point Garden Club and where she again became President for two years. She also served on the Breezy Pt. Association and worked on Youth and other committees. She also joined the Golden Age Club and the Par-Tee ladies and this year, she volunteered to help out on the Luncheon Committee.

Gloria and Frank purchased a home in Florida 11 years ago, and now spend about half of the year there. Again Gloria is extremely active in their association and taking on the President’s job for a number of years. We all thank you Gloria for your selflessness in helping others. And to quote an old Irish toast: "May your heart be warm and happy- Every day in every way- And forever and ever after."

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