TWG of Syracuse

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Comment by Gerry Regan on March 24, 2014 at 5:46pm

What's the link to the story about the 'stone throwers' in Syracuse? Good one to list here! Perhaps as a discussion.

Comment by Bean Sáirséil on March 24, 2014 at 8:12pm

I'm not in Syracuse, but I'm close! Does that count? :)

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on March 24, 2014 at 8:19pm

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on April 13, 2014 at 7:00am
Comment by Donald F. Meagher Jr. on December 7, 2014 at 2:13pm

I lived where the Cashel House is in the late 50's. Went to Tompkins school in the 2nd and 3rd grades until they closed it. My father used to go over to Coleman's when it was a neighborhood bar. I can still remember mugs that were hung over the bar that I believe had customers names on them. Also lived on Coleridge in the late 70s'. 

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 4, 2016 at 5:56pm
Comment by Gerry Regan on November 13, 2019 at 7:04am

My first mother, Mary Louise Brooke (née O'Connor), a Syracuse native, died Oct. 3 in London (England), where she'd been living since the 1960s. The funeral is Tuesday, Nov. 19, with calling hour from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. and funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. The venue for both is All-Saints Church, 1340 Lancaster Avenue, Syracuse, N.Y. ( Burial to follow at Onondaga Valley Cemetery. For further information, contact me at 917-741-9501. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mary Louise Brooke to, "bringing people of all abilities and nature together." For more information about my search for her and subsequent reunion, read "'Birthday Boy': Searching for Patrick O'Connor."  (Photo: Gerry Regan and Mary Louise, Summer 1999, New York, N.Y.)

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 13, 2019 at 9:03am

Comment by Gerry Regan on November 15, 2019 at 12:37pm

Mary Louise (O’Connor) Brooke, October 3, 2019, London, England. Born November 25, 1932, in Syracuse, N.Y.; her parents were the late Kathryn (Collins) and Francis E. O’Connor. Her father, a railroad man, and the family moved from Syracuse to Jersey Shore, Pa., and on to Toledo, Ohio, where they lived many years. After attending Ursuline Academy in Toledo for three years, she finished high school at St. Anthony’s, Class of 1949in Syracuse.

In the early 1950s, Mary Louise moved to New York City, working for New York Telephone and eventually with advertising firm J. Walter Thompson. While in New York City, she had a son, whom she put up for adoption.

Mary earned her living as an executive secretary, living in Rome and Paris, before settling in London. She was briefly married to Guy Brooke. She often returned to her family at Christmas, practicing skilled needlecraft, with her favorite wine at her elbow. Her last visit was for a family gathering in the summer of 2007. Mary shared her life with a succession of dogs, especially shih tzus, most recently Princess. In the 1990s, she and her son, Gerald Regan, of New York City, were reunited.

Predeceased by her parents, and siblings Francis, Ann, Kathie, and Ellie; survived by her son, Gerald Regan; her nephew Sean Nevins, her brother-in-law Peter King, and nieces Kirsten, Wendy, Erika, Therese, Clair, Kathy, Bernadette, Celia, and their children, and her faithful friend Carla Silva of London.

Donations in her memory can be made to Amberations, 2345 Amber Rd., Marietta, N.Y. 13110, an experiment in fostering concern for environment, animal husbandry, and building community on the hills and creeks of the Skaneateles watershed.

Friends may call at All Saints Church at 1340 Lancaster Ave., in Syracuse, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m., prior to the funeral at 10 a.m.

Comment by Gerry Regan on November 23, 2019 at 4:28pm

Here's the eulogy I wrote and delivered at the funeral Mass: 

A Final 'Good Night' to Mary Louise, Ma Mère

and, above, a photo of the lovely and much-appreciated arrangement sent by our colleague Linda Evangelista on behalf of all the members of


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