Somerville Thanking Little Sisters of the Poor With Farewell Drive By

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Photo:Former Mayor Gene Brune organized a Farewell Drive By “Thank You” for the Little Sisters of the Poor located at 186 Highland Avenue. The procession was led by Somerville Fire Department and Somerville Police Department Honor Guards with SFD Engine 7 and C3 participating. Shown below (L-R) Gene Brune & District Chief Jay Keane.

By Gene Brune

It was a sad day on Sunday when about 100 cars turned out to do a drive by at the home of The Little Sisters on Highland Ave. The drive by was lead by Police motorcycles, the Somerville Police and Fire Honor Guards, Fire Engine’s, Cataldo’s Ambulance Service, Bishop Reed, and about 100 cars all decorated with balloons donated by Susan and Joann Fontano, and signs thanking the Sisters for the 150 years of service to Somerville and greater Boston.

The Members of the Little Sisters Advisory Board had planned to honor and thank the Sisters also in a different way but had to cancel our plans due to the COViD-19. The Sisters were thrilled and immensely touched by the hugh turnout of friends, volunteers and family members of past and present residents of the home. The Sisters will be reassigned to other homes throughout the United States.

The Visiting Nurses will take over the home as of August 1st. It’s been my honor and pleasure to have been a member of their Advisory Board for the past several years.

They have touch so many lives in so many ways and we will sadly miss them but always remember their contributions to our city and citizens.

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