2006-10-20 / Community

Rename Rockaway Beach Boulevard For Monsignor William Burke

Rockaway Beach Boulevard, between Beach 100 Street and Beach 95 Street, was renamed on Saturday in memory of Monsignor William Burke, a former priest at St. Camillus Church and the founder and long-time director of the church's band. Hundreds of residents and ex-band members showed up for the street renaming and many of the former band members played for the crowd one last time. Pictured, Burke, left, marching with the band at the 1952 Memorial Day Parade.

Monsignor Burke's young niece accepts a duplicate street sign on behalf of the family. Monsignor Burke's young niece accepts a duplicate street sign on behalf of the family. The new street signs at Beach 100 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The new street signs at Beach 100 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Monsignor Burke's sisters pulled the string that unveiled the new street signs. Monsignor Burke's sisters pulled the string that unveiled the new street signs. A large crowd, many of them former band members, came to commemorate the former parish priest. A large crowd, many of them former band members, came to commemorate the former parish priest. The combined band lined up on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in front of the church. The combined band lined up on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in front of the church. The combined band, made up of old timers and new band members played a selection of tunes for the crowd. The combined band, made up of old timers and new band members played a selection of tunes for the crowd. Some of the band members played with the St. Camillus Band as long ago at that 1952 parade. Some of the band members played with the St. Camillus Band as long ago at that 1952 parade. Present and former band members joined to commemorate the street renaming in honor of their long-time director. Present and former band members joined to commemorate the street renaming in honor of their long-time director.

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