Submitted by: JOHN STAIBER


The West Catholic Boys Class of 1958 gathered at the Airport Ramada Hotel on May 10, 2012 for a luncheon to celebrate the 54th anniversary of their graduation. The social/cocktail hour began just before noon and it was immediately apparent that this would be an especially spirited crowd. Turnout increased substantially this year over last, there were 58 total attendees; 55 classmates and 3 guests, Joe Aliano 60, Joe Kady 59 and Bro. Gregory.


George Light was the Master of Ceremonies and began by acknowledging five first time luncheon attendees, Al Gresh, Bob Houlihan, Andy Thompson, Joe Inemer and Bernie Lawless, and a special mention to Al Gresh who flew here from Florida this morning and is to return tonight. George took a few moments to address the recent events which were so much in the news lately. He referred to this as "The Miracle on 45th Street" - how the school was saved from extinction, at the 11th hour. It is a compelling and exciting story but George stressed that it is a "work-in-process" and requires continuous effort.



George introduced the honored guest Brother Gregory Cavalier. Brother Gregory spoke of his memories of people like "Moon" Mullen and Father James King who we all knew as "Brother Azzie" and as he spoke he told about his love for the West Catholic spirit. He told how he still gets choked up just talking about West and this from a "kid who grew up in Pittsburgh". Brother Gregory who is one of the most admired teachers any student could hope to have. Officially, Brother Gregory taught Latin, French and Religion, but way beyond his classroom work he taught self-confidence, the values of compassion, quiet dignity and personal honor to all of the fortunate boys who landed in his classrooms.


The luncheon was a truly enjoyable occasion and it concluded with the singing of the school song and the reminder of the upcoming 55th Reunion Dinner Dance planned for May 2013.