2002-12-07 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

On The Beach... With Beverly Baxter

On behalf of the Sullivan Family, I'd like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all those who attended the special Memorial Mass for James Conway Sullivan on Monday December 2.

The much-revered Monsignor Martin Geraghty at Saint Frances de Sales Church eloquently gave the Mass of remembrance. Monsignor memorialized Jimmy as a leader of the Irish community who helped so many and gave so much to the town he loved so well. With his beloved parade, he gave the community its biggest and most well attended event; and perhaps most importantly, to Jimmy, it is a day when the Irish can proudly exude their pride in their heritage. Monsignor Geraghty remarked that when he thinks of Jimmy, there is one quality that comes most to mind, and that was Jimmy's spirit of hospitality. That spirit of Failte, of welcome and inclusiveness is a characteristic that the Irish are most noted for. Jimmy wore this spirit of Faite well and he lived it every day of his life.

Although he was not "perfect", his life was one of an example of redemption, of striving to triumph over fierce adversities. To me, he was about as "perfect" as a person can get. He had such a keen understanding of and compassion for the human condition; as well as a sense of patience and grace with those who at times sought his demise. He truly lived the spirit of the Claddagh and gave to those whom he loved his constant friendship, loyalty, and love. There are great people who walk among us in the world; but often their lives are one of mediocrity...and then there are men like James Conway Sullivan who come around to grace our world with their presence even for only too brief of a time. Rest in Peace, dear friend.

Congratulations to parade 2003 honorees: Hon. Grand Marshals Frances Abbracciamento and Martin Kelly; and Deputy Grand Marshalls: Edward O'Grady, Steve Stathis, Patrick Russell, Mary O'Rourke, Barney Cassidy,Tom Hughes, James Kelly, Nadia Murphy, and Al Cantanese.

***Local Author Kevin Boyle will be signing copies of his book, Braving The Waves: Rockaway Rises and Rises again this Saturday December 7 at The Wave offices from noon 'til 1 p.m. The book makes a great holiday gift for anyone who proudly calls Rockaway his or her home.

***The Rockaway Theatre Company will perform at The Beach Club this Saturday December 7 at Breakfast with Santa with their production of Christmas in Toyland featuring Mayor Bloomer! There will be two sittings at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The RTC will also mount another Christmas Show at Fort Tilden on December 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Building T149. The show is the theatre troupe's gift to the community and will be free of charge. They are currently holding auditions for their next season. They are also offering workshop classes in Acting, Tap, Vocal, and Jazzersize; and much of the choreography that is rehearsed in the master classes will be performed in their shows. Contact the RTC for more details.

***I hope to see you all at the Belle Harbor, Neponsit, and Rockaway Park Homeowners Associations Annual Cocktail Party this Sunday December 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Beach Club. This year's honorees are Msgr. Geraghty, Peggy De Matteis, Barbara Eisenstadt, and Nadia Murphy. Tickets are $30 per person and may be obtained from any association member. Congratulation to this distinguished roster of honorees!

***Get Well wishes to Tom Touhey, who has endured ankle surgery. You will see Tommy hobbling around on crutches for a while, so he won't be running those marathons for a while; but he will still participate in the parade committee which can also be quite a "sport"!

***If you are still getting your holiday shopping list together, you might want to consider a new computer or accessories that you will surely find at Dominick's Computer Store inside Robert's 115 Street Hardware. They are expanding their inventory of many different kind of computers and you will find something for someone on your list.

***Congratulations to Steven and Kenny Good on their new and outstanding catering facilities at The Beach Club. If you still haven't booked your holiday party, you will definitely want to host it at The Beach Club!  

***Happy Birthday wishes this week to another parade committee member D. Brian Heffernan.

***I won't tell you her age and I will defy you to even guess....but Dr. Kathleen Sharkey wears it soooo well! Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

***My condolences to the family of Doreen White, a special lady and friend who passed away on Thanksgiving Day. She leaves behind a family of whom she was most proud: Daughters Debra Pacheco and Darlene Clampitt, their husbands Tony and Arthur; her son John White; and many beautiful grandchildren whom she adored. She will be missed.
   See you....On the Beach!

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