January 2: Prayer Vigil for Fire Victims

From the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association:

To: Members of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association
Re: Prayer Vigil on Saturday For Fire Victims
From: Jerry Budgar, President

I received the following notice from Bernadette Giblin, a Ward 3 resident and relative of the members of the Yeskie family who perished in the recent fires, about a candlelight prayer vigil tomorrow. Here is the message she sent me:

On Saturday, January 2nd @ 4:30 a candlelight prayer vigil will be held in front of the First Church of Northampton in honor of Paul Yeskie Sr. and Paul Yeskie Jr. and the families who were left homeless from the fires that occurred on December 27th.

We will remember the two wonderful men who perished and support those who miraculously survived. Additionally, this gathering will serve to unite our community, open our hearts to each other and restore and protect our neighborhoods. Our unity, understanding and openness will make this rash of senseless violence a thing of the past.

Candles will not be provided. *PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CANDLE* I look forward to seeing you all there to stand in solidarity with me.

Bernadette Giblin

See also:

Northampton Media: “Remembering Paul ‘Paulie’ Yeskie Jr.: Northampton’s number one Polka fan” (12/31/09)

Gazette: “Paul Yeskie Jr., Sox fan who loved polka music” (12/31/09)
Donations in Paul Jr.’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

Gazette: “Paul Yeskie Sr., 81, city native, World War II veteran” (12/31/09)
Calling hours for Paul and Paul Jr. will be held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton. The family invites you to join them Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northampton for the Rite of Christian Burial for Paul and his son, Paul Jr. The U.S. Army will offer final military honors for Paul Sr. at the gravesite on Monday. Donations in lieu of flowers in Paul Sr.’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.