Pop was the first to rejoice over happy news and to offer help when bad news came. He never refused an opportunity to help someone else, and he never passed up an opportunity to make a friend. His morning “coffee, newspaper and Home Depot” routine included a stop at the waterfront to pray the Rosary. Pop carried papers around in his pockets–jokes he’d read in his email that he wanted to share with his kids and grandkids. He made sure we all stayed well-stocked with our favorite bagels, and enjoyed experimenting with new recipes when he had visitors. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and he made sure you knew it.
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matt. 25:21)