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Harriet Kendell-Kessler
B: 1942-12-16
D: 2017-06-19
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Kendell-Kessler, Harriet
Frances David-Sontag
B: 1950-09-27
D: 2017-06-18
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David-Sontag, Frances
Harold Askenazy
B: 1925-01-18
D: 2017-06-14
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Askenazy, Harold
Florence Fondino
B: 1936-12-29
D: 2017-06-12
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Fondino, Florence
Nancy Triber-Hoar
B: 1970-05-18
D: 2017-06-11
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Triber-Hoar, Nancy
Frances Wilson
B: 1929-03-22
D: 2017-06-01
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Wilson, Frances
Gloria Strasnick
B: 1927-02-21
D: 2017-05-31
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Strasnick, Gloria
Shirley Kriteman
B: 1925-05-14
D: 2017-05-31
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Kriteman, Shirley
Joel Camiel
B: 1935-03-05
D: 2017-05-31
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Camiel, Joel
Edward Cohen
B: 1931-10-25
D: 2017-05-28
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Cohen, Edward
Arkadiy Davidkovich
B: 1936-06-19
D: 2017-05-26
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Davidkovich, Arkadiy
Barry Cohen
B: 1944-02-28
D: 2017-05-19
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Cohen, Barry
Erica Kahan
B: 1940-12-09
D: 2017-05-18
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Kahan, Erica
Herbert Kaplan
B: 1934-03-28
D: 2017-05-16
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Kaplan, Herbert
Aya Spektor
B: 1931-08-25
D: 2017-05-13
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Spektor, Aya
Jerry Shapiro
B: 1936-07-20
D: 2017-05-13
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Shapiro, Jerry
Joanne Rudenstein
B: 1940-07-27
D: 2017-05-05
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Rudenstein, Joanne
Shelly Shuman
B: 1920-06-12
D: 2017-05-02
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Shuman, Shelly
Sherwin Finn
B: 1931-10-04
D: 2017-04-18
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Finn, Sherwin
HENRIETTA KITAEFF-BUCKNER
B: 1925-01-04
D: 2017-04-18
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KITAEFF-BUCKNER, HENRIETTA
Anne Strauss
B: 1916-11-10
D: 2017-04-17
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Strauss, Anne

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30 Years Ago

Willie, Robin and Andrew...I am sorry for your loss and saddened on many different levels.

Over the past 30 years I have thought about writing to Jerry and Willie to express my thankfulness for helping a young kid.  That never happened, and I now I won’t have the chance to thank him – and that stings.

What I want you to know is that your family really took me in and made me feel part of your household.  Your home was a safe place for me, and all four of you had something to do with it.  There were times when I felt that I was a PITA, but Jerry never made me feel that way, ever.

I watched the way Jerry treated his family.  The love he had for you was evident – the hugs, the patience and the understanding.  I admired him and I feel some of what I saw from him rubbed off on me.

There have been times in my adult life that I have had flashbacks.  When my wife and I bicker, I would use Jerry’s tone and my wife would giggle like Willie.  When raising my two girls and dealing with their boyfriends, I had talks with them in the manner Jerry spoke to me.

One memory I want to share is when The Freedman’s and Shapiro’s and me took a road trip to Rhode Island an went to Newport Jai-alai.  It was the first time I heard the terms “trifecta” and “quinella”.   I don’t remember anyone winning money on that trip, but it was a blast.

I wish now I had the opportunity to tell him all of this.  I don’t anymore…but I can share it with you.

Please know that after 30 years, I have not forgotten and you are still part of me.

Chris

 

Posted by Chris Chiesa
Thursday March 2, 2017 at 8:24 pm
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