BISHOP FORD FALCONS

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A few of Bishop Ford’s finest recently got together at The Kettle Black on 87th and 3rd in Bay Ridge.   This is an outstanding photograph!

Over the years of growing up just a few blocks away from Ford, I met many great dudes (and gals) who went there.  Nothing like watching their practice during the week and than watching them on a Friday night or a Tuesday afternoon.

My biggest regret in life is not being a Falcon.  But I was able to coach their freshmen basketball team.  So all was not lost.

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RIP MARY DEVANEY

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Sad news on the passing of Mary Devaney.

Mary T. Devaney, age 90, entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 26, 2018. Mrs. Devaney was born May 13, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. She is the daughter of the late Patrick and the late Elizabeth (Carroll) Coyne. Devoted wife of 65 years to the late Patrick J. Devaney. Beloved mother of Eileen Ostaszewski (James), Patrick J. Devaney (Jacqueline) and the late John P. Devaney FDNY. Loving grandmother of Mary Corrao (Frank), James Ostaszewski and Patrick J. Devaney IV.

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COFFEE AND A GOOD BOOK

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If you’re from the neighborhood, you probably have read “A Drinking Life”  by Pete Hamill.   If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor, run out and pick it up, you’ll love it.  And if you have read it before, dust it off and give it another shot.

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Powerful story on page 97 about the rumble between the Tigers and South Brooklyn Boys in Prospect Park.  Giacomo Fortunato was shot to death…

“GIACOMO’S DEAD, THEY KILLED GIACOMO.”

-Red

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LOCAL 40 – A BROTHERHOOD

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When I turned 18, I went to work on the iron.

Without a road map on my journey of life, my mother gave me an ultimatum;  get a job or get out.

I went with the job.

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Though my ironworking days didn’t last too long;  5, maybe 6 years, I met some wonderful men.   Men who taught me valuable lessons which would help me later on in life.

This past week I received word that Irv Buitrago passed away.  Irv was a Local 40 Ironworker and an outstanding guy.  We worked a few jobs together.

RIP Irv

-Steve

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