2011-11-18 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Just this morning I was to the funeral of one of our dear members, Shirley Golub, who passed away earlier this week. This is a very sad column to write as Shirley has been a member of the RMAC for over forty years, and maybe closer to fifty years and has been a dear friend since I became a member of the Council.

The dictionary describes a lady as “A woman having the refined habits, gentle manners and sense of responsibility often associated with breeding, culture and high station; the female equivalent of a gentleman.”

Shirley meets that description in every way. Her devotion to every organization that she was a part of tells you something about her. Whether it was the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, the United Choral Society or any other, Shirley gave her full devotion.

At the time of her passing she had been the Secretary of the RMAC for several years. At our monthly meetings Shirley took notes, transcribed them and then read them back at the next meeting. Rare was the time that something had to be corrected. She was a perfectionist. She was also a poet, pianist, painter and a wonderful host to all who visited her home. Down to earth and totally unassuming, Shirley had a large following among her many friends of her many organizations.

If you remember our tent at the RMAC Fall Festivals, you could always find Shirley under that tent selling tshirts, hats or whatever we decided to advertise for our group. While many of us were running around like chickens with their heads cut off, there was Shirley setting up the tent, placing the items in a special corner of the tent so that they got the most attention, and making sure everything looked just right by the time we opened. Many times she would say, “Sharon how does this look?” And. of course, everything was perfect.

Shirley had a wonderful family. Her husband Joe, who passed away several years ago, always liked to get me in a conversation about the motion picture industry, of which I was a part for many years. I think Joe was a part of it many, many years before. Joe was always delightful to speak with. Shirley and Joe had three children, Michael, Bonnie and June and when both Michael and June spoke at Shirley’s funeral you could tell the love that existed within that family. Shirley’s interest in music extended to three young people, two brothers and a sister, violinists, who played a beautiful piece at Shirley’s funeral. It was an expression of her interest in young people and music.

Dear Shirley, we will miss you but know that you are now with Joe and will be together for all eternity.

In a few weeks, I should have another column to let you know what is happening at the RMAC.

We are working on several projects for next year, concerts, a festival? Who knows? Will keep you advised.

Meanwhile, if I don’t see you before, have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving and don’t overeat, you’ve got to watch that waistline.

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