Liz Sabbagh posted this image on Facebook…I spent a lot of time on Fuller Place. What a great block filled with wonderful people.
Wonder how much a house goes for on that street?
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.
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.
Mental health issues have been a popular topic in society as of late. Make no mistake, they have been around for many years.
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.
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.
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
3-Family and Friends
6-Mindfulness and Meditation.
Stay well my friends…and stay in the present moment.
To all my ironworking friends and family…I miss you all.
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.
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…