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64th Mini-Reunion

 

Below the reunion pictures are two other sections:  For down memory lane comments from classmates, click here to jump to that section.
For the full text of June DeRoin's reading of The Back Nine click here 
 

 

May Porter and Frank Donahue on balloon duty.

 

May Porter, Delly Starratt and husband Jim pretending to be busy with the name tags.

 

 

June DeRoin, Shirley Starrion and Pat Fabucci.  Kneeling is Delly Levesque tying fish out the drink chits to be distributed to attendees. 

 

Rose Woodrome, Jim Starratt and Shirley (Collins) Starrion

 

Jim Starratt, Rose Woodrome, May Porter, Shirley Starrion and Delly Levesque

 

Charles Donnelly with Delly Levesque in the center.  Pat Donnelly helps distribute name tags.

 

Bill Cushing with his child bride Joyce and bracketed by the Starratts.

 

Pat (Donnelly) Fabucci with Charles (Best Dressed) Donnelley

 

Charles chatting with Clayton Curtis.  At the table is Clayton's wife, Patricia Cocozella, who is a member of the  LEHS graduating class of 1954.

 

Charles Donnelley for sure but Shirley Collins and Rick Donovan disagreed on the second person.  Rick voted for Jack Abare but Jim Leonard let us know it was Art Boland and Rick offered his apology to Jack.

 

Joan McSweeney chatting with Jim Leonard.  Our guess is that Joan asked him what he thought of President Trump.
 

Dorothy Savio, Huntley Smith, Judy (Kelljren) Murphy and Jack Abare.  No wine tips this year as the website manager forgot to check on Huntley's wine choice.

 

Eileen (Reed) Morris, Rose Woodrome and Frank Donahue

 

Doris (Murphy) Decker and Alice O'Brien

 

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis alias Clayton and Patricia

 

This may be Lena (Ahern) and Frank Phillips patiently waiting for M. C. Jim Leonard to get to a good joke.

 

Ruth Hunt, Janet Armstrong and Bill O'Day

 

Elroy and Joan Halfrey

 

Doris (Murphy) Decker, Alice O'Brien and Fran Page

 

Dwight (Dewey) and Elaine Brothers

 

Joan and Joe Wescott who were happy to report that their home in Naples survived the hurricane season.

 

M. C. Jim Leonard led our reunion in the pledge of allegiance and contributed his unique brand of humor.  While the website manager's videos did not come out well, he hopes to save a reasonable chunk of Jim's comments.

 

Bob Whitney admires Elroy "Al" Halfrey's showing off his colors.  Al also contributed a quick joke at the microphone that unfortunately got drowned out by a food fight at Jack Abare's table..."I got a flyer in my mailbox.  It said I could have sex at 82.  I thought that was really great.  I live at 76 so I only have to go down three houses...I don't even have to cross the street."

 

One oft he blessings of our mini-reunions is that we have had better chances of having Fran (Sonny) Page's barbershop quartet able to join us for the entertainment.

 

Fran "Sonny" Page's quartet includes himself as the tenor and left to right is lead singer Steve O'Connell, bass Irwin Cohan and baritone Charlie Coogan.

 

 

As an entertainment bonus, Steve O'Connell also led a sing along.

 

A thorn between two roses:  Rick Donovan with Elroy and Joan Halfrey who won the title this year for travelling the longest distance by abandoning their home in Sun City West, Arizona.  They may have a challenge next year as Shirley Carpenter who lives on the west coast about ten feet from the Canadian border is threatening to attend  our 65th reunion and collect all the lunch money classmates still owe her.

 

Reunion committee members at the ready and waiting for the food call.

 

Shirley Collins, Pat Donnelly and Delly Levesque

 

Our banner was made by Jim Starratt, Delly Levesque's husband.

 

 Frank Donahue (mentally) wondering if there will ever be a reunion where he doesn't have to do the balloons.

 

Down Memory Lane Comments From Classmates

 

Many thanks to June (Scotty) DeRoin for taking the time to type up the classmates' responses for our website.

 

Al Halfrey’s best memory was meeting his wife Joan in his junior year when she was a freshman.  They are still together after 62 years of marriage.  “What else is there to say”!

Pat Donnelly Fabucci ‘s best memory – meeting some nice people.  No bad memories.  She’s glad to be here and seeing old friends.  Highlight of life is being married for 56 years to Vin and having 2 great children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.

Mona Tedesco’s best memory was my classmates, teachers and the school in general.  Favorite teacher was Miss Bartlett.  She was kind, knowledgeable and compassionate.

Janet Armstrong Ralph ‘s best memory was cheerleading.  Her favorite teacher was Ms. Curtis with glee club and chorus.  Also, Ms Agnew for cheerleading and typing.

John O’Day ‘s best memory was graduation day.  Favorite teacher was Irving Galis.  Highlight of his life was being married to his wife Geraldine for 56 years and his 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

 Joanne Pettigrew Anderson’s best memory was cheerleading .  She still loves football.  Her most embarrassing time was when she failed her driver’s test and returned to the gym without it, but she took it the following week and passed.  Her worst memory was when Ms. Wildes singled her out and asked her where she spent her evenings instead of studying.  Favorite teachers were Mrs. Price, Ms. Agnew and Mr. McArdle.  Highlight of her life was having 4 children and marrying the love of her life Bob Anderson and thanking God for it all.

June Scotty DeRoin’s best memory was the fun we all had practicing and performing in the junior and senior plays.   Most embarrassing time was when I got caught cheating in Ms. Comer’s English class.  I hadn’t studied for the test   The girl beside me let me copy her answers, and unknown to me, the girl behind me copied my paper.  When Ms Comer noticed all 3 papers with the same answers, she called us up to the front of the class, I promptly admitted that I copied the paper from the girl beside me.  The girl behind me, however, denied she cheated.  Ms. Comer never held it against me, but she really disliked the other girl after that for lying.  Favorite teacher was probably Mr. Cosgrove.  Many happy memories, especially when I played the wicked witch in “The Wizard of Oz” many years later with my granddaughter in the cast  for the North Shore Players Community Theater. 

 

June DeRoin's Reading of the Back Nine

 

Carole Kennelly Gardner couldn’t be with us today, but wanted to share the following from an e-mail she received:

THE BACK NINE

You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.  Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is…the back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.  But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting gray…they move slower and I see an older person now.  Some are in better and some in worse shape than me…but I see the great change.  Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we’re now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day.  And taking a nap is not a treat any more…it’s mandatory!  Because if I don’t on my own free will…I just fall asleep where I sit.  And so now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did.  But, at least I know that though I’m on the back nine, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s over!  A new adventure will begin.  Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done.  It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not on the back nine yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long.  Life goes by quickly.  So do what you can today as you can never be sure whether you are on the back nine or not.

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in the years past. 

Life is a gift to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  Make it a fantastic one.  LIVE IT WELL.  ENJOY TODAY.  DO SOMETHING FUN.  BE HAPPY.  HAVE A GREAT DAY.  Remember, it's health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.  LIVE HAPPY IN 2018!

Lastly, consider this:  Going out is good; Coming home is better.  You forget names but it’s OK because some people forget they even knew you.  You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything like golf. The things you used to care to do you aren’t as interested in any more, but you really do care that you aren’t as interested.  You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV on than in bed.  You miss the days when everything worked with just an on  and  off switch.  You tend to use more four letter words…”what?”, “when?”.  You notice everything they sell in stores is sleeveless.  What used to be freckles are now liver spots and everybody whispers.  You have three sizes of clothes in your closet…two of which you will never wear.  But old is good in some things:  old songs, old movies and best of all OLD FRIENDS.

Remember, it’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.   Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many. 

 
 

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