R.I.P. MR. THOMAS

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Sad news to report.  John Thomas has passed away.  He was 93.

I spent a lot of time on Sherman Street – it’s where my best friend Glenn Thomas lived.  I always called his dad, “Mr. Thomas.”

John always made me feel good when he called me, “Son.’

Here’s Glenn’s announcement and tribute to his dad.

Last night the world lost a great man.   A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and simply a friend to so many. I simply called him my dad.

My father John Thomas passed away peacefully at the age of 93 in the comforts of his own home.  He and my mom were happily married for 65 years and were staples in Windsor Terrace and in Holy Name Parish.  My parents raised my brother, two sisters, and myself with very good values and a deep respect for all people.  It is a privilege to be able to live a long life for not many people are afforded this luxury and boy did my dad love life.

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He was fortunate to make it home safe from seeing action for the US Army for the Elite 10th Mountain Division with The 87th Infantry Mountain Regiment in The Po Valley Campaign in Italy during WW2 and shortly thereafter went on to make a beautiful long life together with my mom here in Brooklyn, NY

Today, I make the choice not to mourn the loss of my dad but to smile and celebrate his long life, his humor, his kindness, and for being able to have him in my own life for so long.

I love you dad.

I AM NOT CRAZY

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Mental health issues have been a popular topic in society as of late.  Make no mistake, they have been around for many years.

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Father Burns at Holy Name recently took his own life.   I bet we all know someone who has committed suicide.   Just this past year I have lost a few friends due to this awful disease.   Mental health problems hit everyone.   Robin Williams, the incredible actor/comedian took his life.   Doesn’t matter if you’re famous or not.  Rich or poor.  It can strike anyone.

Container Diaries reader, Catherine Howard wrote in and mentioned Mental Health;  she makes some very good points.   https://holyname.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/r-i-p-father-burns/#comments

I firmly  believe we are all battling something from time-to-time.  Most of us anyway, I know I have been for many years.

Life’s not easy, just may be the hardest game in the world.

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When we see an athlete go down with an injury, everyone rushes to help them.  We make sure they rehab and get back to action.  How come when someone seems to have a mental setback, we turn our backs or brush it under the rug?  Or we act like nothing is wrong?   I once had a parent of one of my players tell others that “Finamore is bipolar.” 

Oh really?  Well how come you didn’t try and help me?

It should be mentioned that this particular parent was disgruntled because his son wasn’t getting much playing time.

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I applaud the people who come out and talk about mental health.  I respect the ones who want to do something about it.

Maybe it’s time we all chip in together and try and defeat this awful condition?

Not saying this will cure your mental health issues but here are a few things that help me get through each day.  They may make you feel a bit better…

1-Owning a dog

2-Music

3-Family and Friends

4-Writing

5-Exercise

6-Mindfulness and Meditation.

7-Kindness

Stay well my friends…and stay in the present moment.

-Red

Hoops135@hotmail.com

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

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I hear a lot of adults complain about today’s teenagers.   Being involved in the coaching profession for many years and also substitute teaching, I have come across so many outstanding teenagers.  Not only the athletes but the traditional students who work hard in the classroom.

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I got news for you, I agree with Bill Parcells when he said, “Athletes today haven’t changed from the ones back in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s the people and things around them that have changed.”

My 19 year-old daughter Taylor at this stage of the game works harder than me when I was 19.   She also is a better student, has more compassion and overall is a better person.

The kids are doing just fine…

BRESLIN AND HAMILL

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This is going to be good…

January 28

8:00 PM

Home Box Office

https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/breslin-and-hamill-deadline-artists

Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill’s brilliant, honest and courageous writing defined New York City journalism. For five decades, these colorful columnists and longtime friends spoke for ordinary people and brought passion, wit and literary merit to their reporting on their city and nation. Their writings probed issues of race, class and the practice of journalism that resonate powerfully today.

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Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists explores the famed writers’ intersecting lives and careers while celebrating New York’s grit and charm during the last great era of print journalism.

Born and raised in working-class New York City neighborhoods, Breslin and Hamill were products of fractured Irish-American families. They rose through the ranks of reporting without formal training or college degrees. Sometimes working on competing newspapers, and sometimes working on the same publication, they became good friends who challenged and inspired each other.

RIP – ANNABEL FLYNN

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From Peter Flynn: After over 100 years of life, my Beloved Mother passed away this past Friday.  We all loved you Mom!  Rest In Peace for evermore!

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Annabel died peacefully at home on Friday January 4, 2019.  She was a beloved parent, friend and neighbor, and while we are sincerely grateful that she was blessed with over 100 years of good health, we will miss her terribly. Her kind heart and thoughtfulness were widely known, and we hope that we can honor her by example as we move forward with life without her.

Annabel was born in Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Norwegian (Arendal) parents Martha Nelson (b.1885) and Torje Midtbo (b.1879) who immigrated to New York in 1903 and 1898 respectively. She had two brothers, Harold (Ella, and their children Glen, Phyllis, Larry, Chris and Ken); and Earling (Ethel and their children Warren and Judy). Married to Jerome Patrick Flynn in 1943, they had six children: Thomas (Ofelia Zuniga Rivas); Peggy (John Kelly); Dennis; John (d.1953); Anne (James Gottselig); and Peter (Sheila Pettersen). Annabel was blessed with six grandchildren: Alyson Kelly (Kirk Bamford); Sereane Watkins-Flynn (Andrae Sanchez); Damion Watkins (Catherine Mer); Kathleen Kelly (Dave O’Connor); Flynn Gottselig; Sean Flynn; Sarah Flynn; and three great grandchildren: Jack and Annabel Bamford; and Margaret (Maggie) O’Connor.

Annabel attended P.S. 169 graduating in 1932, and graduated from Manual Training High School in 1936. She completed her formal education at the YWCA Secretarial School in 1937. Annabel worked at Morgan Guaranty Trust from 1937-1946 where she met her future husband Jerome Patrick Flynn. They were married in 1943, and Annabel moved to the Flynn family home on 16th Street when Jerome was discharged from the U.S. Army. Jerome’s brothers, Dinny and Frank, both Xaverian brothers by vocation, spent summer vacations at the house and were treated to Annabel’s excellent cooking! In addition to raising her children, Annabel worked as a medical secretary for Holy Family Home from 1969-1993. She had fond memories of visits by Dr. Oliver Sachs who was conducting research there.

Few New York residents spend an entire one hundred years living within a twenty-six block rectangle of this enormous city. Annabel’s stories of Brooklyn were extensive and detailed, and the Brooklyn Historical Society recorded a formal life history with her in May 2018.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Jackie Cruz for over three decades of hair do’s and friendship; Dennis Flynn for his loyal weekend visits and companionship; and the dedicated home health aides (Adama Doumbaye and Rookmin Gittens) who cared for Annabel in the last years of her very long life. And lastly to Phyllis Zingleman whose regular phone calls and letters brought so much joy.

In lieu of flowers, donations on Annabel’s behalf can be made to:

C.H.I.P.S. (Community Help in Park Slope) http://chipsonline.org/donate/ 200 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217-3180 (718) 237-2962

OR

Trinity Lutheran Church https://www.trinitybrooklyn.org 411 46th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (718) 854-6040