PROVIDENCE, R.I. - I just received word today that Dan Harp, SWCS Class of 1964 and older brother of Class of '66 classmate JoAnne Harp passed away in October. Dan and I worked together at Lakewood Beach as lifeguards the summer of 1966. He was sort of a gentle giant, it seemed to me. He taught me the ropes of what lifeguards really do. And he was a good mentor about what college would be like. I'll probably write more about him at another time. But for now, RIP Dan Harp. LINK to Obituary.
Bob Storms was the son of the late Bud Storms of Lakewood, a fellow I worked with in 1970 at the old Crown Dental Laboratory in Jamestown. Bud was a clever, outspoken guy and lectured me from time to time about, well, everything. I was 21, he was in his 40s.
We sparred about politics endlessly until the Kent State shootings in May of 1970. He didn't understand why the students would protest and put themselves in harms way. I didn't understand how he couldn't understand.
I learned a lot from him though and I knew how important his family was to him.
One little odd note, a comment on genetics.
In the photo of Bob Storms, there is a reflection - kind of a glint - from a front tooth, as if he had a gold or metal crown on his tooth. His father Bud had a front tooth - right in the same spot - that had an issue. Plus, Bob looks just like Bud in the photo.
LAKEWOOD, New York - I just received notices from several folks that our SWCS classmate Terry Jenkins passed away. Classmate Bob Swanson sent along the full Lind Funeral Home write up linked below. I didn't know Terry well. But I do remember that he was first person I ever saw who wore one of those metal key clips on his belt with his car keys and assorted other items. I remembering thinking, "How cool!" RIP Terry. LINK TO TERRY JENKINS' OBITUARY
LAKEWOOD, New York - You can't say that alums of Southwestern Central School don't like to get together and have parties. July 3, the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club will shake, rattle and roll in a 1960-1970s reunion. After the amazing SWCS Class of '66 reunion last summer, I am sure there is some shake, rattle and roll left in us. Right? In any event, all the information is below. It's $20 per person to cover dinner and the party. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., dinner at 7. For more info, contact Ron Ducat or Brad Zimmer at the phone numbers below.
Classmates: SWCS Class of '66 Classmate Bryan Larson sent me this email about our late classmate Lee Anderson this morning that he said was ok to share with everyone... Bryan can be contacted by email by clicking in his name above. --------------------------------------- Mike,
Thank you for posting Lee Anderson's passing on our blog. I have known Lee since we were four years old, we played together as kids we went to church and Sunday school at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Lakewood, and were confirmed from there in 1961.
We remained close friends through grade school and high school. When we graduated from Southwestern Lee enlisted in the Navy in July of 66 and I enlisted in the Coast Guard in September. We always kept in touch with each other. In 1968 Lee married Marge Chapman, I had the honor of being his best man.
Lee made a career of the Navy serving over 20+ years and retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. After his retirement Lee and Marge moved to Kentucky to try his hand in farming with his older sister Karen and her husband.
In 2001 Lee was diagnosed with PLS Primary Lateral Sclerosis. He was afflicted with this horrible disease for over 16 years. He fought the long fight with the help of his loving wife Marge and his two children Thad and Tammy. ---------------------------------------------
HARRODSBURG, Kentucky - I received word today that classmate Lee Anderson has passed away. Lee had been ill for some years, though gamely kept his spirits alive and inspired lots of people around him. I last saw Lee at the our 40th SWCS Class Reunion held in Mayville at Webb's Resort. That's all to report for the moment. Below are several photos I snagged off Lee's Facebook page. RIP, Lee. Keep the wind at your back.
Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.