GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

CLASS OF 1958

 

FALL EDITION 2013                                

 

We are happy to bring you the 17th edition of this newsletter.  The Golden Burrs Committee members are constantly looking for information that would be of interest to our classmates, especially those who are no longer in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. 

 

Each section will bring you information that we have gathered about West Catholic and other newsworthy events that have transpired in the past three months. 

 

In this issue, under the NEW "West Catholic Banner" we have a report on the successes of the Class of 2013; Thank You letters from Brothers' Kestler and Stanton; good news about a $1 million gift to West Catholic; West calendar of events; and West Catholic Football scores and future game schedules.

 

In the "News Features" section you will find the first of a planned series of articles about the histories of our former parishes.  We will cover the West, Southwest and North Philadelphia parishes, that were feeders to West Catholic.  The order will depend on the availability of information gathered through Internet research and anything received from you, our readers.

 

If you have any historic information, pictures or anniversary keepsakes about your old parish, please e-mail them to Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net or postal mail them to me at 1539 Ulster Way, West Chester, PA  19380.  If you want the information returned to you, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

This edition features The Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, including information about some of the artifacts that have been put to good use at St. Elizabeth Parish in Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester, County and at a new church in Cottonwood, Arizona.  The Winter Edition will feature the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, which is 99% complete except for information about Msgr. Daly. 

 

Also, the News Features section includes information about the future home of stained glass windows from the closed Ascension of Our Lord Church in Kensington, an update on the restructuring of our old parishes, recently announced parish mergers, report by John Staiber on the annual "Burrs At The Beach" reunion, a "Thank You" letter from Rich Buzza, and our on-going feature "MAIL from classmates and friends".

 

Prayers are requested for several classmates who are ill and sadly we learned of the passing of Ed Rambo, Joe Warner and that great entertainer, Cozy Morley.

 

 

PAST AND UPCOMING HAPPENINGS AT WEST

 

WEST CATHOLIC CLASS OF 2013

West Catholic's Class of 2013 received over $5 million dollars in scholarships and grants from Colleges and Universities.  That amounts to an average of $108,000 awarded to each student.  

CLASS OF 2013 QUICK FACTS:

THE CLASS OF 1958 CONGRATULATES THE CLASS  2013 ON THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. 

 

THANK YOU LETTERS FROM BROTHER KESTLER AND BROTHER STANTON

 

 

 

 

DONOR GIVES WEST CATHOLIC $1 MILLION TO FUND STRATEGIC PLAN

excerpt from West Catholic Website

West Catholic High School received a $1 million gift, the largest in the school’s 96-year history, to fund the newly adopted five-year strategic plan, A Commitment to Mission.

News of the school’s closure during the winter of 2012 prompted the donors to reach out to school leaders to offer support for the school.  The donors met with Brother Richard Kestler, FSC, newly announced President of West Catholic, to discuss his plans for the school.  They knew from his prior success at West Catholic and his dedication to the school’s renewal that he was the right man for the job.  Rather than make a quick infusion of cash, the donors challenged the leadership at West Catholic to develop a five-year plan for the school.   

With the successful start of A Commitment to Mission’s implementation, the donors, who wish to remain anonymous, have released their million dollar gift.  They challenge all graduates and friends of West Catholic to become active participants in the revival.  “The energy is great, the students are excited, the faculty is reenergized, and the administration is focused on organization renewal and outreach to stakeholders. Our goal as donors is for West Catholic to continue as a strong academic school, anchored in West Philly, providing hope for all our students.  To do that, we will need to have the help of others who share our belief in the school’s mission to serve the poor and disadvantaged.”  In September, West Catholic will open its doors to nearly two hundred returning students and 145 freshmen.  The new ninth grade class is triple the previous year’s amount, and the most since 2007-08.  Including this gift, the school has received $2,000,000 in total during the 2012-13 fiscal year, which is also the most in the school’s 96-year history outside of capital campaigns.

The complete article can be read by visiting the Website at:  http://www.westcatholic.org/


WEST CATHOLIC CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Cardinal O'Connor Golf Outing - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Bala Golf Club

 

Veterans Mass - Sponsored by the Alumni Association - all West Catholic Veterans encouraged to attend!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 

 

School Hall of Fame - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 

Sports Hall Of Fame Dinner - Saturday, March 22, 2014

Burrs at the Beach - Sunday, July 6th, 2014 

For more information contact George Light at 215-386-2244 ext. 260 or georgelightwchs@hotmail.com

cell 610-996-2015

 

WEST CATHOLIC FOOTBALL

 

August 31 - Non Conference Game - West Catholic 26 - Haverford School 14 

 

September 6 - Non Conference Game - West Catholic 38 - George Washington 17

 

 

September 13 - West Catholic 30 - Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast 17 

 

 

 

September 20 - @ Archbishop Wood

 

 

 

September 27 - HOME vs. Bishop McDevitt

 

 

 

 

 

October 5 - @ Conwell-Egan Catholic

 

October 11 - @ Archbishop Carroll

 

October 18 - HOME vs. Neumann-Goretti

 

 

 

October 26 - @ La Salle College-High 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Lynch's game reports will be included in the winter edition.

 

 

 

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

Special congratulations to Bob and Ann Dougherty

  who are celebrating their

50th wedding anniversary.

 

 

THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF ARTICLE ON OUR FORMER PARISHES

 

REMEMBRANCES OF "THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD PARISH"

 

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Three edifices served the Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish for worship.  The first of these was a humble wooden chapel built on a parcel of farmland in 1905 on the corner of 55th Street and Cedar Avenue; it was opened for religious services in August of 1905.   

 

 

Original Wooden Chapel 1905

 

The Rectory was the first permanent parish structure to be built, it was completed in 1907.  Previously the priests occupied the second and third floors of a building on the southwest corner of 52nd and Cedar Avenue above a grocery store.  According to my Dad, the rectory was referred to as  "MacAran's Palace" after the first pastor Father James MacAran, because its three story stone structure situated high on elevated ground stood out among the simple row homes of the neighborhood.  Father MacAran was responsible for construction of the Convent and School (a combination Church and School building) which were completed in 1912.      

 

The first floor and the School Hall (basement) were both used for the celebration of Mass.  By 1922 the parish flourished to the point that plans for the construction of a permanent church at the corner of 56th Street and Cedar Avenue were formulated by the second Pastor, Father - in later life - Monsignor Daniel I. McGettigan

 

Construction began in 1924, the lower church was completed in 1925 and the upper church was dedicated in 1928.  The walls were of Port Deposit and Mount Airy granite with columns of Indiana limestone.  The style selected was Byzantine Romanesque and Dagitt & Sons were the architects.  The upper and lower churches had a combined seating capacity of 2,500 persons.  The world famous Zeitler glass from Munich was employed in the stained glass windows.  

 

 

 

Dec. 2, 1927 - This is what The Evening Bulletin had to say about the Church - "Above the main altar a glass mosaic depicting the Crucifixion, 1200 feet in area, will shine with a brilliancy unequaled by any other building material known.  Each piece of glass will be set by hand. The glass pieces are three eighths of an inch square".

 

 

Transfiguration Upper Church - 50th Anniversary 1955

 

 

Transfiguration Parish Buildings - 50th Anniversary 1955

 

The complex of four buildings took up an entire city block from 55th to 56th Streets and Cedar to Hazel Avenues.

 

It was one of the biggest and most magnificent churches in Philadelphia, but by the 1970s demographics had shifted in the urban center around the parish and in 2000 Transfiguration parish was officially suppressed and merged with St. Carthage under the new name of St. Cyprian.  After the closing, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia removed all the religious artifacts and placed the entire complex on the market. 

 

 

Interior of upper church stripped of altars, statuary, stations of the cross and stained glass windows - 2000

 

Around 2005, the former Transfiguration property was purchased by Raffaello Follieri, a con artist who claimed he was going to use his inside connections with the Vatican to buy churches for low prices and rehabilitate them into community centers.  Instead, he lived a lavish lifestyle with his girlfriend at the time, actress Anne Hathaway.  He had no inside connections, in fact the Vatican Secretary of State official disavowed any connection to Follieri.  He lost bids on all other churches he tried to purchase, except for

Transfiguration and two others.  When the property was resold after Follieri's imprisonment, the buyers (The Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School) only wanted the school building and quickly demolished the convent, rectory and finally the church in 2009, before any opposition could be raised by the community.

 

 

Demolition 2009 

 

CONSUMMATUM EST

 

Thanks to Msgr. Thomas M. Mullin, who in June of 2000 was named the founding pastor of a new Chester County parish, the mosaic stations of the cross from Transfiguration are now beautifully displayed at St. Elizabeth's Church in Upper Uwchlan Township PA, as are three large stained glass windows depicting Jesus before Pilate, Jesus being taken down from the Cross and the Resurrection. 

      

 

Transfiguration Church Stations of the Cross and Stained Glass Windows at St. Elizabeth Church

 

Through my research I have found that other artifacts from Transfiguration have been installed in Catholic Churches in Virginia, Texas and Arizona.  

 

I found the stained glass window depiction of Raphael's Transfiguration, that was once over the front doors of Transfiguration's upper church (in the choir loft), has been installed behind the main altar of the Immaculate Conception Church in Cottonwood, Arizona.


                                                                                   

 Transfiguration Church stained glass window - Immaculate Conception Church, Cottonwood, AZ 

 

Immaculate Conception also has a large collection of stained glass windows from the lower church of Transfiguration.  Some of them seem to be for sale. 

You can visit their Website at http://www.ic-cc.org/

 

The spirit of Transfiguration is truly alive and well at various churches around the country.

 

 

ASCENSION OF OUR LORD STAINED GLASS WINDOWS HEADING TO RALEIGH, NC

 

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

In the Winter 2012 edition of this newsletter, we reported on the closing of Ascension of Our Lord Parish in Kensington.  Check out this video to learn about the removal, renovation and planned installation of the Ascension's stained glass windows in the new Cathedral of the Holy Name of Jesus, in Raleigh, NC.  The Bishop of Raleigh, the Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, was ordained as a priest of the archdiocese of Philadelphia, taught at Cardinal O'Hara and is a former Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia.   

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=8939867 

 

 

UPDATE ON RESTRUCTURING OF PARISHES

 

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER

 

In the Summer 2010 Edition of our newsletter, we reported the restructuring of our old parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Here is a more recent update.

 

Philadelphia, which had one of the largest Catholic school systems in the country, had the most closures as reported in a studied group of 83 Catholic school systems in the U.S.  

 

St.Agatha/St. James students still attend St. Francis de Sales and St. Ignatius Schools.  The old St. James School is now used as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Offices for Catholic Cemeteries.

St. Raphael Parish buildings have all been demolished.

Our Lady of Loreto Church is now Grace Christian Fellowship Church.

St. Mary of Czestochowa is now Kern-Crest Head Start Program Center.

St. Clement Church is now First Baptist Church of Pascall.  The Church's Baptismal font and the Fatima Shrine from outside the church were purchased and installed at Msgr. Eugene Driscoll's Holy Spirit Parish in Lubbock, Texas.

St. Carthage Convent is now St. Cyprian's Children Center.  The parish school will open in September as Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School for elementary students.

As mentioned in the above report,
Transfiguration Church, Rectory and Convent have all been demolished.  After a school fire, the building was purchased and renovated as Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School for Grades 9-12.

St. Barnabas School is now called Mary, Mother of Peace Regional School.

 

Good Shepherd Parish is now called Divine Mercy Parish and it uses St. Irenaeus Church as a worship site, while the school students attend Mary, Mother of Peace Regional School.

 

Our Lady of Victory Church was sold and is now a Caveat Emptor'd Protestant Church.

Most Blessed Sacrament School is now The Hardy Williams Charter School.  Negotiations continue for the leasing or sale of the remaining former parish buildings.

St. Francis de Sales School is doing well.  Both St. Francis and Mary, Mother of Peace Schools serve the West and Southwest areas of Philadelphia and do not follow parish boundaries. 

 

In South Philadelphia, the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is now St. Monica Manor, an archdiocesan nursing home, with the gym beautifully transformed into a chapel.

Also in South Philadelphia, the former St. John Neumann High School, which was consolidated with St. Maria Goretti High School, was converted into senior housing.  An interesting aside: the long central corridor, which was lined with student lockers is still there.  The builders simply covered the lockers over with new walls.  One hopes the lockers were empty and there are no old gym socks fermenting back behind the walls.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Port Richmond is in the process of conversion to senior housing. 

 

ARCHDIOCESE ANNOUNCES PARISH MERGERS

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday, June 2nd, announced the mergers of parishes in four geographic areas: Lower Northeast Philadelphia, Northwest Philadelphia, West Philadelphia and Delaware County.

All the parish decisions result from consultations among leaders in the parish pastoral and finance councils, pastors, deans of the respective areas, auxiliary bishops with responsibility for each area, the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee, the Council of Priests and finally, Archbishop Chaput.

The planning process reviewed parish information such as registered parishioners, annual baptisms, weddings and funerals and number of attendees at weekend Masses, condition of a parish’s buildings and its finances as indicators of a parish’s vitality, along with projections of a rise or fall in the indicators in the future as well as projections of future priest resources.

The merged parishes are in a dense urban environment and most are under three miles from each other.  The mergers, in which the parishes will form new, consolidated parishes with some of the churches becoming worship sites, are occurring at:

St. Laurence and St. Alice, both in Upper Darby, will merge at St. Laurence as St. Alice becomes a worship site.

St. Philomena in Lansdowne and St. Cyril of Alexandria in East Lansdowne will merge at St. Philomena as St. Cyril becomes a worship site.

Blessed Virgin Mary in Darby and St. Louis in Yeadon will merge at B.V.M. as St. Louis becomes a worship site.

St. John Fisher in Boothwyn, Holy Saviour in Linwood and Immaculate Conception in Marcus Hook will merge at St. John Fisher as the latter two become worship sites.  

St. Athanasius in West Oak Lane and St. Benedict in East Oak Lane will merge at St. Athanasius as St. Benedict becomes a worship site.

Holy Cross, St. Madeleine Sophie and St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Northwest Philadelphia’s Mount Airy section will merge at Holy Cross as the latter two become worship sites. 

Our Lady of Consolation and St. Leo the Great in Tacony will merge into a new parish at Our Lady of Consolation as St. Leo becomes a worship site.

Holy Innocents, St. Joan of Arc, St. Joachim and Mater Dolorosa in Lower Northeast Philadelphia will merge at Holy Innocents in the Juniata Park neighborhood as the latter three become worship sites;

St. Barbara and St. Rose of Lima in West Philadelphia will merge at St. Barbara as St. Rose becomes a worship site.

Holy Name of Jesus and St. Laurentius in Northern Liberties will merge at Holy Name as St. Laurentius becomes a worship site.

All Saints and St. John Cantius in Bridesburg will merge at St. John Cantius as All Saints becomes a worship site.

 Incarnation of Our Lord Parish (Olney) will be divided and merged with Saint Helena (Olney) and Saint Veronica (Hunting Park) Parishes.  Parishioners who live north of the Roosevelt Boulevard will attend Mass at Saint Helena Parish.  Parishioners who live south of the Roosevelt Boulevard will attend Mass at Saint Veronica Parish.  The Incarnation of Our Lord church building will become a worship site.

BURRS AT THE BEACH - JULY 7, 2013

submitted by:  JOHN STAIBER

 

 

Another year, another nice turnout from our class of 1958 “Golden Burrs” for this years "Burrs at the Beach” all-class reunion which was held at Westy’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood on July 7th. 2013.

 

Overall attendance felt a little down from the past few years as measured by my ability to more easily navigate through the various bar areas and other hang-out spaces.  In past years just getting from one level to another took some doing.  The outdoor 90 degree heat coupled with heavy humid air no doubt took a toll on attendance.  But, for those of us who did show up and found ourselves gathered out on the open deck with that magnificent sea view or clustered together in the air-conditioned covered spaces, the atmosphere was very relaxed and the conversation and banter sounded ultra friendly to my ears.

It is also worth mentioning the sprinkling of outsiders I spoke with who do not carry the WC Burr pedigree; they were from Bartram, St. Tommy More, St. James, and La Salle.  Most had grown up with WC buddies and enjoy hanging out again.  This is the place to be.

I had a great time again this year and would like to make mention that the “Burrs at the Beach” is very well run event and that does not happen by accident.  This is one of the prime fund raising sources for our school.  A big Thank You to all the committee members and volunteers who make it happen.

A big thank you also to our own class of 58’ers, their wives and friends who made the trip to North Wildwood to meet up once again.

We counted 25 classmates in attendance :
Frank Adolf, Dick Boyle, Rich Buzza, Frank Cubbage, Jim Cahill, Jim Clark, Larry Doran, Al Gresh, Jim Hill, Tom Hughes, Ned Jones, Bernie Lawless, Vince & Bitsy Leonetti, George & Barbara Light, Jim & Fran Lynch, Bill Marella, Sam McGhie, Tom McClain, Pete O'Hara, Tom Shinn, Angelo & Loretta Sivieri, Bob Sproul, Johnny Staiber, Joe Storniolo, Tom Sweeney and Jack Woods.

Pictures of all the West Catholic Class of 1958 attendees can be found at the Golden Burrs Website:  http://www.goldenburrs-1958.com/

 

Hope to see you all again in 2014. 

 

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

George Light:  Frank, Thank you for providing us with the best newsletter of them all.  Great Job.  Thanks, George

 

Bill MarellaNice job Frank in putting this together.

Jim Maynes
Frank you are doing a wonderful job with the newsletter which keeps all of our wonderful memories of West Catholic alive.  Have a great summer. 

 

Joe GavaghanHey Frank & staff, Thanks again for an informative update on what's going on with our classmates.  The e-mails confirm your telling me that a good time was had by all at the 55th.  While you guys were living it up on the banks of the Delaware I was in Moraga, California for my girlfriend Miriam's granddaughter's graduation from St. Mary's College.  Incidentally, I didn't realize until about a year ago that St. Mary's is a Christian Brothers school.  We were in San Francisco for a few days before the big event and we really enjoyed ourselves.  It was my first time in California and I wasn't disappointed, especially the shops & other attractions on Fisherman's Wharf.  Too bad the leaders in Philadelphia didn't or still don't know how to make our waterfront a viable attraction.  Tell Rich that my Piece of the WC Rock" is hanging in my den.  Cheers, Joe Gav

 

Tom W. Mullen:  Frank,  It was so good to hear from you.  It looks like I miss out on a really great reunion.  So many names I remember.  I am one of those that don't live in the tri-state area.  A quick history of me,

I surprise many friends and went to St. Joseph's after graduation from West and graduated in 1962. Then went to work.  Got a MBA degree from Temple in 1970. 

I have lived in Florida since 1980. 

Was lucky and married a wonderful women, Barbara Smith in  1964.  We have three grown children and six grandchildren. 

Please keep me on the mailing list.  This was a great newsletter, my sincere thanks to all who worked on it. 

If there any of the plaques still available, I would like to get my hands on one.  Looking forward to receiving a piece of my history.  Brings back good memories. 

Thanks,

Tom Mullen

 

Joe Bradley:  Just simply a beautiful edition, Frank.  Thanks to you and all who helped to put this together...It could not be more
complete, fulfilling and enjoyable to read...Thanks again...Pro Deo Et Patria. 

    

Bill Schroeder:  I would certainly love to have this memento.  Due to health reasons I can not attend any events.  I really get a kick out of the newsletters and all the updates on our class.  Enclosed is a check for $15.00 for the cornerstone plaque.

  

Gerry Vernot:  Saw in the newsletter that you have some extra commemorative plaques from the 55th reunion.  I would love to get one.  Enclosed is a check for one.  Thanks for doing this.  Glad to see that the reunion went well.  Hope you have a great summer.  

 

Joe Aliano Class of '60:  Hi Rich, Please forgive me for not sending this sooner as I have been a little off my game lately.  But please add my name to the thank you list.  I have it on display at home and will pass it on to my kids some day. Thanks again.  

                   

Al GreshAl called to say how much he enjoyed the reunion.  

 

Brother Robert Sentman:  Brother Robert sent a letter to Frank Adolf along with a donation in celebration of our 55th anniversary of high school graduation.  He expressed regret, saying he was not able to send this in time for the anniversary celebration in May and enclosed an article from the monastery's newsletter that explained the reason why.  Here is an excerpt from the Newsletter:

 

"On Holy Thursday evening, as Br. Robert, our sacristan, was preparing for Good Friday services, he ascended the high altar in our chapel, tripped, fell and landed on the marble steps.  His knees were dislocated, and the tendons and ligaments in both legs were torn. Br. Robert was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery the following day."  Brother asked for prayers for his complete recovery which is expected to take a year.

 

Brother said that he looks forward to receiving our quarterly newsletter, and keeping up on all that is happening with our classmates, teachers and school.  Brother closed by saying the living and deceased members of the class of 1958 are remembered each day in prayer. 

 

Ted Deady:  Ted called to inquire about the 55th anniversary reunion.  He said that he could not attend  because of several health issues.  He took a fall and broke six bones in one of his feet.  In preparation for surgery he underwent several tests.  They found his heart rate was abnormally fast (tachycardia) which resulted in his having to undergo electric shock treatment, known as cardioversion. 

Also, because of elevated hemoglobin a colonoscopy was performed and cancer was discovered.  That lead to a colon resection to remove the cancer.  Ted is thankful for his fall, otherwise the heart problem and cancer may not have been caught in time.  On hearing about the 55th anniversary plaque, Ted purchased one to add to his 50th anniversary memorabilia.

 

Gerry VernotRich, Thanks for sending one of the memorial plaques to me.  It is a nice memorial of our school.  Thanks for all the work on designing and making them.  I have attached a photo of mine for you to see how I have used it.  Best Wishes.


 

                         
  

Gerry Vernot's display of the 55th anniversary plaque 

 

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU NOTE

 

submitted by:  RICH BUZZA C0-CHAIR

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal Golden Burrs and wives who attended our 55th anniversary celebration and also thank all those who were unable to attend but still supported the event.  Our yearly get together usually takes place as a luncheon, but this year being our 55th anniversary of our graduation from West, the committee decided to go a little special with a Dinner Dance.  Now, this is no small undertaking, the committee starts planning these yearly gatherings at least 10 months in advance, and while I am on the subject of the committee, this is a special group of men whose loyalty and devotion to old West Catholic and to the new West Catholic Preparatory School knows no bounds. These men work hard for the Class of 58 with no thought of reward or request of recognition and I am proud to know and work with each and everyone of them.

 

Now, a very special thank you to all of the folks who stopped me at the Burrs at the Beach to tell me how much they appreciated the plaque that we gave out at the 55th Reunion.  I received many written thank you notes from many of our classmates and also from the wives of classmates who attended the dinner dance.  I was truly humbled by the many compliments received from the concept of a piece of old West Catholic Building, to the art work and the design and the knowledge of some recognizing the hard work which went into each plaque.   Indeed,  I was genuinely touched by all of your remarks of gratitude and in turn it is I who thanks all of you. 

 

55th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE  PLAQUE FOR SALE

 

 

                            

 

THE GOLDEN BURRS COMMITTEE HAS A FEW EXTRA PLAQUES AVAILABLE.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A PIECE OF OLD WEST CATHOLIC FOR YOURSELF YOU CAN ORDER IT FOR A DONATION OF $15.00 (THIS INCLUDES SHIPPING AND HANDLING).  PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO:  WC CLASS OF 1958 AND MAIL IT TO:

FRANK ADOLF

1539 ULSTER WAY

WEST CHESTER, PA 19380

 

ALL PROCEEDS DERIVED FROM THESE PLAQUES WILL BE DONATED TO THE WEST CATHOLIC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN THE NAME OF THE BOYS' CLASS OF 1958.

 

 

"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"  

A FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40'S AND 50'S?  SEND THEM TO US FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER

 

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER, FRANK ADOLF and RICH BUZZA

 

 

 

 

 

COZY MORLEY DIES AT AGE 87 

Beloved local entertainer Cozy Morley passed away on August 23 at the age of 87.  Morley was a staple along the Jersey Shore, the former owner of Club Avalon, once a popular nightclub in North Wildwood.   

A statue of Morley sits outside Westy’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood, where Club Avalon once stood.  The 6-foot-tall statue of Morley was crafted by artist Zenos Frudakis.

Morley at the dedication of his statue

In 2002, as the statue was being made, Morley spoke to The Press about his career.  "I don't know what I do," he joked as he recalled his early days as a performer.

Over the years, thousands visited Morley's former Club Avalon, which once sat at the corner of Spruce and Olde New Jersey avenues.  The club brought some of the biggest entertainers of the 1950s and 1960s such as Joey Bishop and Al Martino to the island and made Morley, singer of the famed tune "On The Way To Cape May," a household name from North Wildwood to Philadelphia.  As the statue came closer to completion in 2002, Morley said,  "This is an honor.  I was shocked when they said they wanted to do this.  In my wildest dreams I never thought this would happen.  I'm just a kid from South Philadelphia.”

Morley was a shy musician who took on his funnyman stage persona to cover up the shyness, he told The Press.  He received his first instrument, a banjo, in 1936 and went on to study the clarinet and saxophone.  After graduating from high school, he entered the music business at age 18 and eventually found his way to Club Avalon.  Morley performed stand-up comedy, music and vaudevillian variety shows at Club Avalon and other venues.  May Cozy rest in peace. 

Bob Dougherty remembers Cozy on Facebook:  Rich, I too am saddened by this news, I was the guy who arranged for Cozy to come to our prom party.  He went with a girl who lived next door to my mom's place in North Wildwood and was there often, so I got to know him well....many fond memories.  Bobby Doc 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines and Ned Jones who are both recovering from a stroke, Brother Robert M. Sentman, OCD who, as reported, is recovering from surgery after serious injuries sustained in a fall, Ted Deady who is doing well after multiple surgeries and a heart procedure, and Bill Kealey who is recovering from heart surgery.   

  

Please pray for all of our classmates who have gone to their eternal reward, especially Ed Rambo and Joe Warner

 

 

Edward J. Rambo - March 12, 2013

 

 

 

Joseph C. Warner - August 20, 2013

 

Anne Warner wrote the following:  West Catholic Class of 1958, Thank you very much for the Mass Card.  I know Joe appreciates it.  He always spoke fondly of the "Boys" of WC and the baseball team.  Sincerely, Anne (Notre Dame '68).

 

  The complete listing of our honored deceased and their high school graduation pictures can be found on the Golden Burrs Website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com  

Thanks in large part to John Staiber, many of the pictures are accompanied by complete obituaries.

              

God Bless WEST CATHOLIC!   Live Jesus in our Hearts.  Forever.

 

 KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!

 

 

 

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