On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter
James Conway Sullivan will continue to have a profound impact on the many lives he touched. It is the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, however, which will be his most enduring legacy.
Over the past twenty-seven years, there have been so many hundreds of people from all different faiths and nationalities who have been honored in our parade. It was Jimmy's spirit of inclusiveness that reached out and went beyond borders to honor many people from various parts of the community. As I've looked through thousands of parade photographs over the past week for the pictorial of the multifaceted life of Jimmy Sullivan, I could not help but notice the many whom Jimmy chose to honor from outside the immediate Rockaway Irish community. As my friend Geraldine noted last week in her column, the parade committee consists of representatives from many different faiths and ethnicities.
As I continue to mourn the loss of my dear friend, I also celebrate his life and the gift of his friendship. I am pleased to announce that at the most recent meeting of the parade committee, the membership voted unanimously to change the Charter name of the parade. It will now, and forever, be called The James Conway Sullivan Memorial Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Cultural Committee. I personally thank our Chairman Mike Benn and each and every member for this most appropriate decision. There will be a dedication ceremony at the parade breakfast hosted by the committee at which time Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan, Jimmy's mother, will make the dedication. There will be a second ceremony at the Awards Ceremony at Saint Rose of Lima Church after the parade.
As we step off each year from Beach 129 Street to proudly march the parade route, we will always remember the spirit and vision of James Conway Sullivan and his gift to us: his glorious parade!
I extend my heartfelt thanks to Susan Locke, Sandy Bernstein, and Howard Schwach for their generous assistance with the pictorial layout in The Wave this week.
Happy Birthday Wishes to Joann and Margie Waters!
See you.... On the Beach!