Saturday, March 10, 2012
There is a line in an Irish song “I am a man you don’t meet every day.”
He taught us what marriage was, by his incredible love for our mom and then his advice to our spouses ( the secret to a good marriage is to say “Yes dear”) keep listening!
• He taught us that hard work make dreams come true as he worked very hard and was proud of his work whether it was at Pan Am and the first air flight from Russia or , protecting the Beatles at the Ed Sullivan show.
• He taught us to be generous with our time, talents and treasures whether it was coaching (Did you know he coach Bobby Flay in baseball?), being a tour guide for various visitors or running bingo . Our home was open to all, on St. Patrick’s day my dad would invite everyone he met up to the house.
• He taught us about various cultures, he showed us the world and often adopted the cultures of where we visited whether it was in Canada where he began to speak in a French accent “Move over” or in Ireland where people thought he was the one that was born there, or traveling around the United States where he would commanded us “Look out the window you may never see this again!”
• He taught us that family was the most important thing as he was so proud of all of us. If you asked him his relatives were the most intelligent, gifted, incredible people you would want to know, and you know my father was right!
• He taught us the value of friendship. My dad was the Mayor of Yorkville. He could talk to anyone and when he did he had a friend for life George was a special friend as whenever there was a problem my dad would say “ I’ll ask George.”
• He taught us to speak up and sign our name when we believe in something. He championed for what he believed in and was never afraid to voice his opinion even if it was his beloved Red Sox in this Yankee city. He asked them to win a World Series in his lifetime and they won 2!
• He taught us the value of an education. He put all of us through a catholic education. He had an amazing gift of math especially when he was golfing. He added his 5 stroke in the sand to 5 on the green and got 4 strokes for the hole.
• He taught us that you are never to old to learn something. My dad loved working on his computer. Many of you may have received his emails or forwards, in fact he is a published author having sent in his jokes to a famous magazine. One email that he sent summarizes his life and is the final lesson he has taught us. : Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO, What a Ride” You certainly did that dad! Thank you.