2003-12-05 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
James Conway Sullivan Boulevard Lest He Shall Be Forgotten
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter James Conway Sullivan Boulevard Lest He Shall Be Forgotten

With Beverly Baxter
James Conway Sullivan Boulevard Lest He Shall Be Forgotten

James Conway SullivanJames Conway Sullivan

On the eve of the second anniversary of his death, the effect of his life, the spirit of his friendship, loyalty, and love still resonates with me and the so many who knew and were befriended by him. Over the last two years many of you have remarked with admiration of my unremitting allegiance to Jimmy’s memory; while there have been a few, who were even at some time in their lives the beneficiary of his friendship, who have actually remarked with disdain. I can only say to those whom I have perhaps "irritated" that indeed, Jimmy was at times in his life controversial; however, most truly great men are! They are not among the mediocrity. With the courage of their convictions, they are not afraid to take a stand and even, at times, stumble along the way. He was a humble and gracious man who understood and had great empathy for the human condition. Galvanized by an unrelenting commitment to his heritage and the advancement of the Irish cause, Jimmy was a leader, a statesman, and a visionary who dared to break new ground and march where no one had gone before.

He is being memorialized here today for his unyielding commitment and enduring relevance to the Irish community. It is my hope that those who will in the future walk this boulevard; either in the parade, for which he founded nearly three decades ago and for which he is named, or those who are simply coming off from a day at the beach, that they will look up at the street sign and ask, "Who was James Conway Sullivan?" That through their question, his legacy will continue and they will learn about the life of the man behind that dazzling Irish name.
***To better get you in the festive holiday spirit, you must go over to the Lighting of the Little North Pole on Neponsit Avenue. Hosted by Joe Mure, who will be honored as a Deputy Grand Marshal in our parade, the evening will include caroling performances by The Rockaway Theatre Company and the Rockaway Artists Alliance. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Brooklyn Queens Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, of which Mr. Mure is President.

***Happy Birthday wishes to Alison Lane, Linda Imperatore, Dr. Kathleen Sharkey, and Pierre Thomas!

***See you at the street-naming ceremony (Saturday Dec. 6th) at 1pm on the Blvd.at B.105 Street!

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