GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

CLASS OF 1958

 

FALL EDITION 2010                                     

 

With this fifth edition of the 1958 Class Newsletter, we, the Golden Burrs Events Committee for the Class of 1958, sincerely hope that you are enjoying the break from the hot summer months and are ready for the beauty of the fall season.   With this fall edition we are celebrating our newsletter's First Anniversary.

 

You will find in this newsletter comments from classmates regarding the summer newsletter and our feature section "REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS".

 

We encourage you to let us know just what is happening in your life.  Anyone wishing to send information for the newsletter, i.e. requesting prayers for the sick, the deceased, information regarding family, birth of grandchildren, marriages, trips, retirement, etc., may contact Rich Buzza at richbuzza@comcast.net, Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net, or Frank Metzler at fjmetzler@gmail.com .

 

The other members of The Events Committee are Jim Clark, George Light, Jim Lynch, Bill Marella, Jim Prendergast, and John Staiber.  No information will be printed in the newsletter unless we receive the information from the class member himself.   

 

A TRIBUTE TO BROTHER JOHN

 

Requiem ćternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. 

Fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace.  Amen.

“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. "

"May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God Rest in Peace.  Amen."

 

    Brother John Owens, FSC

 

 

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of  Br. John Owens, FSC
Born James Thomas Owens in Philadelphia, PA on November 19, 1917
Entered the Ammendale Novitiate on September 20, 1936
Received the Religious Habit and Name, Brother Galdrick John on December 7, 1936
Pronounced Perpetual Vows in Ocean City, NJ, in 1943.
Brother John passed away quietly and peacefully in his room at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, NJ, on July 15, 2010 after a brief period in hospice care.  May he rest in peace. 

Tour of Duty

 

1937-1938
Teacher; Prefect; Scholastic
Phoenixville, PA
Protectory

1938-1939
Teacher
Pittsburgh, PA
Central Catholic H S

1939-1948
Teacher; Disciplinarian
Philadelphia, PA
West Catholic Boys H S

1948-1954
Vice-principal
Philadelphia, PA
West Catholic Boys H S

1954-1963
Principal
Philadelphia, PA
West Catholic Boys H S

1963-1967
Dean of Men
Philadelphia, PA
La Salle College

1964-2000
Assistant Registrar
Philadelphia, PA
La Salle College/University

2000-2010
retired
Philadelphia, PA
La Salle University

2010
retired
Lincroft, NJ
De La Salle Hall

 

May the soul of Brother John, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.

 

 

PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS

FRIENDS OF WEST CATHOLIC - "KEEP WEST BEST"

submitted by: GEORGE LIGHT AND FRANK ADOLF

 

We (George and Frank) have volunteered to act as Captains for the Class of 1958 for the 2010/2011 "KEEP WEST BEST" Campaign.  West Catholic began the school year with 450 students, the number is lower than expected but higher than the Archdiocese projection.  Tuition is over $6,000 a year for Catholics and $7,000.00 for non-Catholics. 

This appeal is being directed to classes from the years 1938 to 2000, with a goal to raise $10,000 from each class for a total of $620,000.  A letter has been sent to all Class of 1958 graduates who are on the West Catholic High School mailing list.  If you did not receive a letter and are interested in supporting this critical effort, the letter and a response form is available on the Golden Burrs Website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com   Your check should be made payable to: Friends of West Catholic and mailed to West Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19139.  We thank you for considering this worthy cause.

 

GOLDEN BURRS 1958 EVENTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTS

 "THE FRIENDS OF WEST CATHOLIC" 

 

The Golden Burrs Events Committee on behalf of the entire Class of 1958, has approved a donation of $1,000.00 from our event's profits to the "Friends of West Catholic" to support the financial needs of West Catholic High School for the 2010/2011 school year.

 

ATTENTION FORMER MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISHIONERS

submitted by:  JOHN KRAFT, CLASS OF 1957

 

St. Bede the Venerable in Holland, PA has acquired many beautiful artifacts from Most Blessed Sacrament Church and is putting them to use in its church renovation.

 

M.B.S. Reunion Luncheon to Benefit the

St. Bede the Venerable Capital Campaign

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

11:30 A.M. to 3:30 PM

 

Springfield Country Club

400 West Sproul Road

Springfield, Pennsylvania

 

Tickets $50 per person

Contact St. Bede's Rectory at 215-357-5720 to purchase tickets.

 

WEST CATHOLIC ALUMNI COMMUNION BREAKFAST

 

The West Catholic Alumni Association Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Springfield Country Club, Sproul Road (Rt.320), Springfield, PA., beginning with Mass at 9:00 AM.  Tickets are $25.00; make checks payable to West Catholic Alumni Association.  Please enclose a pre-stamped, self addressed envelope and send to: West Catholic Alumni Association, P.O. Box 889, Ardmore, PA 19003

 

NEWS FEATURES

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Ed Gannon:  Gentlemen I have just received the West Catholic Quarterly News Letter and in my opinion it is outstanding.  Keep up the good work.  I did make the luncheon, however I did not stay long due to the fact that the District Judges Banquet, was that evening and as the Treasurer, I had to help with the table assignments.

 

George McKnight:  Thanks Frank for the news.

Des Butler:  Thank you for all your work on behalf of our class.  I also wish to extend my appreciation to Frank Metzler and you for the excellent historical account of the various parishes we knew so well when we were in school.  Keep up the good work.  I hope I will be able to attend a future event.

Bob Shea:  Frank, thanks for sending this.  For me, these are very special e-mails because I've only been back once in 52 years (the reunion).  It's just a little too far to get there.   Thanks again.

 

Don (Andy) Thompson:  Thanks to the two Franks.  Excellent newsletter and so a big "thanks" is due to Frank Metzler for his editorship and to all who contributed.  It's always interesting material.

 

Jim English:  Hello Frank, Another great job by you and the committee on the news letter. Read every word.

 

Joe Gavaghan:  Hey Frank, thanks for the Newsletter.  All is well in Bensalem.  I'm heading to Maryland on Friday to visit my cousin.  We have tix for the Phillies/Nationals game on Sat. nite. Fred's about 200 miles away on the other side of Chesapeake Bay and about 4 hours.  It seems so funny going somewhere in Md. 200 miles & 4 hrs. away.  Best to you & Penny.  Cheers, Joe

 

Fran Lawless WC '68:  Rich, Just as you see the sunsets of lives, you watch the sunsets of schools and all that they meant to us and a million others.  Parishes like MBS, St. Raphael...high schools like St. James, Cardinal Dougherty.  They go the way of fellow classmates who've passed, becoming only memories of sinew and mortar.  It's not easy reading your great newsletter, Rich.  It hurts to remember what once was, and can no longer be.  It is good that you celebrate amongst those who can still celebrate.  Long live the great class of '58.  Fran Lawless  WC '68  Batavia, IL

 

Bob Dougherty:  Thanks for the newsletter, great stuff.....and the picture of the boys at the luncheon was super.  I may have told you this I don't know, but with the markets crashing, Ann & I have decided to stay in Chattaboogie, keep the boat in the Tenn and just learn to fresh water fish.  The move to the Gulf Coast is off.  So anyone coming down this way would be welcome, we're 1/2 mile off I75 at exit 5 and you have our permission to provide our contact info to anyone interested.  Thru your efforts we have been reunited with the Bonners, the Bells, and the Loftus' out on the West Coast and since we have 2 of our kids out there we see them at least yearly. We just had dinner with Charley & Annie Bonner 2 weeks ago.  Great fun and they may come to Tennessee to see us all because of the team effort you folks put out.  Collassal (sp?...don't care at this age), thanks again, Bobby Doc   Note:  Anyone who wants Bobby Doc's contact information should e-mail Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net.

 

Phil Killian:  Frank, just a note to mention...I was driving by our old parish ( Transfiguration ) just in time to see BULLDOZERS & WRECKING BALL knock down the gorgeous beautiful TRANSFIGURATION two tier Church.....I stopped, said a prayer for past teachers, Pastors and so many classmates & acquaintances over the years I knew from there.  School building ( not TRANSY ) is still there, but no longer the church.....You do a great job..keep up the good work..THANK YOU

 

Joe Grimley:  How well, I remember Brother John.  I got in trouble once or twice and he was very understanding and had a helping way.  Thank you for sending the message.

 

Jim Madden:  Frank, I never knew Brother John's secular name.  He certainly had a long life of service to the Church and the Christian Brothers.  I hope all's well for you and yours.  Thanks for the information.

 

Frank McCarthy:  Hey Frank, hope everything's going well with you.  Just finished reading the Newsletter and as usual enjoyed every bit of it. You guys do a great job, please keep it up!!  When you get a minute please ask everyone to say a little prayer for me.  Was getting ready to go to the shore for Burrs at the Beach weekend and suffered a heart attack.  Wound up having triple bypass surgery on the 19th of July.  Recovery is going well but slow.  Doctors say if I do what I'm told (tend to try to speed thing up on my own) I'll be as good as new.  Thanks again for the Newsletter, and again, keep me in your prayers.  If anyone has had the procedure and wants to share some info, such as what to expect down the road, I would appreciate it. Having never been sick in my life up til now it was a real shocker.  Frank McCarthy  '58

Note:  Anyone who wants Frank McCarthy's contact information should e-mail Frank Adolf at

fjapfa@netzero.net.

 

Joe Stubblebine:  Hi Frank:  First I'd like to thank you and the committee for publishing the newsletter. I enjoy it and look forward to it.  During high school, I ran cross-country and around this time each year we received the following letter from Brother Luke telling us to start getting in shape.

 

"Starting August 15, run a mile each day to prepare for the upcoming XC season. We will meet August 27th at 7:00 PM at the school track for time trials."  Coach

 

I thought it would be a pleasant memory for the following to receive a reminder of this note. I would send it myself but I do not know their email addresses. I realize you can not provide me with the email addresses and I understand why. If you believe this would invoke a pleasant memory, I would appreciate if you would mail the note.  Mailing List:  George Light, Angelo Sivieri, Bob Shea, Bob Madden, Joe Stubblebine, Joe Andrews, Jack Neuschel.  Thanks, Joe Stubblebine

 

Joe Noel:  You. Sir Frank, are beautiful!. Many thanks from a guy who averted aneurism surgery at the 11th hour because his vascular surgeon misstated some blood flow data from the angiogram that told him it was time to amputate to save my leg. Inches away from the OR, he came to me and said No Need to Operate.
I was wrong. See ya.  Relieved from a 4-7-hour OR stint, weeks of rehab and PT, I was not overly
impressed with his decision to tell me when he did. Thought about you all weekend, said he. Lose your telephone? asked I.  Alls well than ends well, as our late Brother Principal John might have said.
Best regards, Joe

 

Jim McGrath:  (July 31, 2010) Tonight is the first night that I've been on my computer in over a month.  I had a triple bypass the beginning of this month and have been spending most of my time sleeping in a recliner in the living room.  Getting better day by day, especially since I'm eating my wife's great cooking instead of the **** at the hospital. 

(August 9, 2010) Went to the surgeon today and got the all-clear from him.  I can drive again and do pretty much what I want (within reason I guess).  Will be starting cardiac rehab next Monday morning.  From what we were told at the rehab place this afternoon, it'll be about 45 min. to an hour on a treadmill or bike three days a week.  I'm feeling better every day.  Take Care.  Jim

WEST CATHOLIC FOOTBALL

submitted by: JIM LYNCH

 

September 4th - The season started with the annual game against Roman Catholic in Wildwood, NJ.  A lot of miscues, blocked punts, interceptions, runs for no gains etc.:  West  14 - Roman 23

 

September 10th - West vs. Monsignor Bonner at Widener University.  It was touch and go for awhile; score at the half was 13-6.  West broke it open in the 3rd quarter with a halfback pass for a touchdown and continued to add on points after that.  Our defense wore Bonner down as they could not mount any type of a sustainable drive.  Go Burrs !!  West 27 - Bonner 6 

 

September 17th - West vs. LaSalle at Widener University.  LaSalle took the first offensive play of the game; ran 65 yards for the touchdown, quite a shocker to say the least.  West didn't fall apart though, the defense stiffened and held the Explorers to only 7 points thru till the 4th quarter.  West did score in the 4th but with a give back via an interception, LaSalle was able to turn it into another 7 point score.   West 7- LaSalle 14

 

Next game is Sept. 25th against Haverford School @ Haverford with a 1:00 PM start.

 

"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"  

A FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE 

SEND US YOUR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40's & 50'S FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER

 

A TOUCH OF PHILLY IN IRVINE, CALIFORNIA

submitted by:  BOB DOUGHERTY

 

This is a steak & sub shop called Philly's Best where the cheese steaks are as good as home, honest...served on Amoroso's rolls and you can get Tastykakes, Frank's sodas, Rolling Rock Beer, Wise Potato chips AND Goldenberg Peanut chews. They broadcast the Eagles every Sunday and the place is packed with Philly folks, Charley Bonner's son included.  Don't know about their hoagies cause I can't get passed the Cheese Steak.  It's one of a chain of independently owner shops on the West Coast, so it might pay those traveling to look them up.  Enjoy, Sláinte, Doc

 

UPDATE ON BROTHER PATRICK ELLIS

submitted by:  BROTHER STEVE CASALE

 

Several months ago Brother Patrick moved from his residence at Calvert Hall in Baltimore to De La Salle Hall in Lincroft New Jersey, which is an assisted living residence and nursing home primarily for Christian Brothers.  He is quite active mentally and occupies himself with activity on and through the computer.  The address is De La Salle Hall, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738-1608.  

 

CLEARING THE RECORD

 

In the summer edition of the newsletter, Jim McManaman's surname was spelled incorrectly, for which we sent Jim an apology.  Jim responded as follows:  

Frank, 

After all that you and your cohorts are doing for our class, it was very gracious of you to take the time and write.  I read everything that comes out about the class of '58.  Stay Well!  Jim

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

 

WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those in our lives who are ill, and for all our family, friends, classmates, and former teachers, who have gone to their eternal reward, especially Richard R. (Campi) Campiglia, WC Class of 1958, who passed away on August 30, 2010.   Remember to pray for all deceased during the month of November which is dedicated to the Holy Souls.

 

From Tom Wallace (aka Brother "German" John):  Thanks for FWdg news of Rich's death.  With every passing, a piece of us--WC, blue & white loyalists--is chipped off.  Nevertheless we forge on mindful of the eternal reward of the faithful.

 

St. John Baptist De LaSalle, pray for us! 

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

 

 KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!

 

THIS E-MAIL IS BEING SENT TO MEMBERS OF THE WEST CATHOLIC BOYS' CLASS OF 1958 AND FRIENDS OF THE CLASS.  IF YOU NO LONGER WISH TO RECEIVE OUR COMMUNICATIONS OR IF YOU ARE RECEIVING UNSOLICITED E-MAILS FROM ANYONE PERTAINING TO OUR CLASS OF 1958, PLEASE NOTIFY FRANK ADOLF AT:

fjapfa@netzero.net

 

 

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