I Knew Butchie
A couple of weeks ago there was a small article about a local resident named Edward “Butchie” McBride. For the record, I knew and grew up with Butchie from my youth till around 15. I knew him as a funny and loyal friend, but more so as a Rockaway son; born and raised as a Rockawayite till the end, as many from that generation; as I am, one who left Rockaway in 1970. He should be remembered as a son of Rockaway who not only loved his home town but gave his life for his country as a Vietnam War Hero. Rest in peace our Rockaway son, you are a true son of Rockaway.
GORDON BO GALLAGHER