Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas 2008 Jerry with Grandchildren (minus two)

Almost all of Jerry's clan gathered to celebrate Christmas this year.

Just the Chicago contingent were missing so eleven of his thirteen grandchildren were able to participate.

We missed you Chicago folks!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pepe Meme Joyal - 8/24/1968

Pepe_Meme_Joyal_19680824, originally uploaded by shersteve.

One of the recent "finds" from clearing out my study to repaint it.

According to the note, this is from my Aunt Colette's wedding in 1968. Uncle Norm passed away last year.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Leora A. Sherlock

Leora A. Sherlock

PhotoSHERLOCK, LEORA A., 88, of Robert St., Pawtucket died, Saturday, December 13, 2008 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of John F. Sherlock, Jr. They had been married 62 years.

Mrs. Sherlock was born in Valley Falls, the daughter of the late Percy Delos and Margaret Jane (Crawford) Balkcom. She had lived most of her life in Pawtucket.

Besides her husband Mrs. Sherlock is survived by her children, John F. Sherlock, III of McLean VA, Lauren A. Petrucelli of Duxbury MA, Matthew P. Sherlock of Seekonk MA, Mark P. Sherlock of Pawtucket, Moira Walker and Lisa M. Roberts of Swansea, MA, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Leora A. Costa.

Mrs. Sherlock was a graduate of Cumberland High School and the Rhode Island College of Education. She taught in Cumberland before her marriage. She was a member of the Veridames of Providence College, the St. Joseph's Mother's Club and the Mercy Mount Mother's Club. Mrs. Sherlock enjoyed golfing, painting, and traveling.

Her funeral will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. from the MANNING-HEFFERN FUNERAL HOME, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Coyle Drive, Seekonk at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited. The calling hours for Mrs. Sherlock will be Tuesday 4-7 p.m. in the funeral home. For directions and guest book signatures, please visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leora Costa Scholarship Fund, 593 Eddy St, Providence RI 02903.

Originally posted online at the Providence Journal (Projo) website.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Joyal brunch 12/6/08

Joyal brunch 12/6/08, originally uploaded by shersteve.

The Joyal's gather once a month for brunch. This was held at Wright's Farm in RI and moved up to Saturday instead of the normal Sunday to avoid the snow.

Good food, served piping hot, and good conversation. A great place for family style dining.

A tailgate party was held briefly after with a variety of candy and nuts that some of the "big kids" has stopped in Woonsocket to purchase before heading to the brunch.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rita, Steve, Jerry: May 1976


One of the side benefits of clearing the bookshelf to paint the study is the opportunity to discover some envelopes of pictures that had previously just been collecting dust, almost forgotten.

Well, now a few of these pictures can see the light of day.

Oh, my! Yes, that is I in the center with Mom to my right (your left) and Dad to my left (your right).

Mother had one wish for my graduation. She wished that the beard that I had grown for the production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I that we did on campus, and the beard that I subsequently grew quite fond of, would be shaved off for graduation.

Mother did get her wish.

I grew it back shortly after and it has been part of me ever since. Even my wife and kids have only seen pictures like this of the before-beard days. And now you can say that you have also!

Did you ever do something like this for your mother, father or someone special?
Was it a one time thing or something that lasted?

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