Alumni Relations Director
|Dr. Gary M. Tanguay, Class of 1969, of West Boylston, died suddenly on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center. |
by Brian Harrison
Dr. Gary M. Tanguay, Class of 1969
WEST BOYLSTON - Dr. Gary M. Tanguay, 61, of West Boylston, died suddenly on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 38 years, Marilynn S. (Sakowski) Tanguay; a son Jonathan M. Tanguay of Bryan, TX; a daughter Elizabeth Melehov, her husband Gregory and grandson James of Westminster, MA. He is survived by parents Lionel and Viola (Demers) Tanguay of Somersworth, NH; a brother, Bill Tanguay and wife Susan of Durham, NH; a sister Gail Cook and husband Peter of Dewitt, MI, and many nephews and nieces.
He was born in Rochester, NH and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1969. Dr. Tanguay graduated Magna Cum Laude from Providence College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from Boston University in 1977. While at BU, Dr. Tanguay was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta.
After completing his Internal Medicine residency at Memorial Hospital in Worcester, he began his Primary Care practice as a staff physician at Worcester Memorial, joining the staff at Chadwick Medical Associates in 1993.
Dr. Tanguay, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and served as an outpatient preceptor for the Internal Medicine Residency program. He also served on the Board of Trustees at Central Mass Health Care, and as Medical Director of SunBridge Worcester and Clark Manor HealthCare.
Gary enjoyed golfing and was an active member at the Worcester Country Club and York Country Club in York, Maine. He also enjoyed gardening and skiing. His family meant the world to him and he lived his life for them. He treasured every moment spent with them and always captured those memories in pictures. He loved being a new grandfather; he adored his baby grandson and couldn't wait to meet his next one. Throughout their childhood, Gary was very active in his children's lives, coaching many of their sports teams; he never missed their events. His greatest joy was when his family was together.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, April 25 from FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 1 West Boylston Street, West Boylston with a Mass at 10:00 am in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 111 Worcester Street, West Boylston. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston.
Visiting hours are Wednesday, April 24 from 5-7 pm in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Sakowski Scholarship Fund at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 197 Dover Point Road, Dover, NH 03820 or at www.stalux.org/giving.
To place an online condolence, please visit www.faybrothers.com
|Kevin O'Shea '85 - Elected to the School Board of St. Thomas Aquinas High School |
by Brian Harrison
was recently elected to the School Board of St. Thomas Aquinas High School
. Mr. O'Shea, who graduated from St. Thomas in 1985, joined the School Board after completing his term as chairperson of St. Thomas' Alumni Leadership Council.
Located in Dover, New Hampshire, St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a regional Catholic high school operated under the auspices of the Diocese of Manchester and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
. The school board assists the principal in the formulation and review of policies regarding the philosophy, mission, and goals of the school. In addition to serving on the board itself, Mr. O'Shea will be a member of the academic and technology committee, one of the seven standing committees of the school board.
Kevin O'Shea joined Sulloway & Hollis in 2005. His practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation, including contract disputes, construction claims, real estate litigation, and commercial collections. He also handles matters involving Internet issues such as privacy and domain registration
disputes. Prior to practicing law, Mr. O'Shea worked for more than 10 years as a musical agent and manager for Emmy® and Grammy® nominated artists.
|RYE, New Hampshire — Ruth (Blais) Ford, 69, of Rye, a selfless humanitarian and vigorous contributor to the Seacoast Community, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, July 11, 2012, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.|
by Brian Harrison
RYE, New Hampshire — Ruth (Blais) Ford, 69, of Rye, a selfless humanitarian and vigorous contributor to the Seacoast Community, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, July 11, 2012, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Manchester on July 22, 1942, Ruthie was the daughter of the late William J. and Cora V. (Hartford) Blais. She attended Keene State College and graduated in 1966.
Ruthie was a visionary who was guided by the principle that life was a gift from God, therefore every life is worthwhile. A gentle person with deep inner strength, she was a natural leader who took her beliefs and made action of them, energizing those who crossed her path. Ruthie worked tirelessly for women and their children; she lived a lifetime campaign focused on propelling women forward in motherhood. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Ruthie began volunteering at Seacoast Birthright, a pregnancy counseling center in Portsmouth. In 1987 she became Regional Director and oversaw the expansion of Birthright International throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was arranging for the donation of a home in Greenland, N.H., that became New Generation, beginning the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. As a co-founder of this center for homeless pregnant woman, Ruthie has assured that new life continues to come into the world to enrich us all. New Generation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To date, 407 women have lived at New Generation and 268 babies have been born to New Generation moms.
Ruthie was a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector at St. Theresa Parish in Rye Beach, N.H., for 22 years. She served on various committees for N.H. Catholic Charities for over twenty years and was an Officer and Director of the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, raising over 2 million dollars for distribution to small social service agencies throughout the state of N.H.
Last month, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, N.H., awarded Ruthie their distinguished LUX IN TENEBRIS (Light In Darkness) award for significant and enduring contributions to humanity. Ruthie was recently promoted to LADY GRAND CROSS for the Equestrian Order Of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; its highest and most prestigious office. She loved to cook, was an avid reader, traveled extensively and frequently accompanied her husband, Pat, to conferences around the world. Ruthie touched countless lives with: her compassion, understanding and her passionate concern for women and families. She will be deeply missed by countless people yet she leaves behind a beautiful legacy.
In addition to her husband of 49 years Patrick H. "Pat" Ford, III of Rye, she leaves her children, her pride and joy, Patrick H. IV '82, and his wife Susan W. '82 of Exeter, Julie F '83 and her husband Col. Timothy J. Bailey, USMC of Hampton, Shawn C '87 and his wife Pollyanna G. '86 of North Hampton, Kenneth W. '89 and his wife Ann Marie L. of Barrington, Bruce A. '91 and his wife Paula H. of Dover and Timothy M. '95 and his wife Lori L. of Somersworth. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Ashlee C '04, Rhiannon V, Lauren O '09, Tucker J, Sampson H, Connor R '12, Patrick H. V, Lochlan E, Jack R, Jake M, Cole M, Mya A, Mawell J, Ella A, Cooper J, Matthew J as well as Brandon J, Geoffrey P. and his wife Tasha of Dover and her great grandson Ethan Smith. Ruthie will be missed by her brother Kevin M. and his wife Julie T. Blais of Hampton and her sister Brenda B. Machos of West Stewartstown. Nieces, nephews, extended family and countless friends will remember Ruth with a smile!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Theresa of Lisieux Parish, 815 Central Road, Rye Beach, Tuesday morning July 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Family and friends are invited to call to the Robert K. Gray Jr. Funeral Home, 24 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Interment in the family lot at Central Cemetery, Rye, will immediately follow her Funeral Mass. In Ruthie's memory, contributions may be directed to New Generation, a shelter home for homeless women that Ruth founded in 1987.
New Generation Inc.
568 Portsmouth Avenue
Greenland, New Hampshire 03840
|MANCHESTER — The Rev. Monsignor Lawrence E. Burns, 81, died Saturday, April 28, 2012.
by Brian Harrison
MANCHESTER — The Rev. Monsignor Lawrence E. Burns, 81, died Saturday, April 28, 2012.
He was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Manchester, the son of Lawrence and Cora (Beauregard) Burns, and was ordained a priest on July 1, 1956, by the Most Rev. Russell McVinney at the College Chapel of the American College in Louvain, Belgium. Burns studied at St. Anselm College, Manchester, and then he completed his ecclesiastical studies at American College.
Burns was first assigned as associate pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Somersworth in July 1956, and then on staff of St. Thomas Aquinas High School
with continued residence at Holy Trinity in Somersworth in August 1961. In June 1962, Burns was assigned to weekend summer ministry of Saint Joan of Arc Parish in Alton, and then in September 1962, he was assigned as part-time associate pastor of St. James Parish in Portsmouth while continuing at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Beginning in February 1963, he served as business administrator and chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas with residency there.
In June 1974, Bishop Ernest J. Primeau appointed Burns as pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Portsmouth. In October 1984, Bishop Odore J. Gendron appointed Burns rector of Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish in Manchester and in September 1991, Bishop Leo E. O'Neil appointed him as pastor once again of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Portsmouth, where he served faithfully until his retirement
in September 2005.
Burns served in many capacities at the diocesan level. He served as a notary to the Diocesan Tribunal from 1960-1972; was named a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre; was priest representative to the Advisory Committee for St. Joseph Junior High School, and served as a member of the Priests Personnel Board for two years. He was the recipient of the Honorary Prelate, which gave him the title of Monsignor in 1989. He also served as civilian chaplain at Pease Air Force Base and Faithful Friar of St. Mary's 4th Degree
Assembly Knights of Columbus in Portsmouth.
|It is with a very heavy heart that I share some sad news. Mike Brandt passed away yesterday after a long battle with Pick’s Disease. |
by Keith Adams
It is with a very heavy heart that I share some sad news. Mike Brandt passed away yesterday after a long battle with Pick’s Disease. I can tell you that he was well cared for and greatly loved through it all. Please keep Katie and little Noah in your prayers. As more information regarding arrangements becomes available we will share it with you.
God Bless you all.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
|Living Legacy Alumni Scholarship Fund started by the Class of 2012 as part of Senior Gift|
by Brian Harrison
Each year, the STA graduating class gets together to raise money for a special gift to the school. This year, the seniors chose to start an Alumni Scholarship Fund.
With the rising cost of education, the students would like to leave a legacy at STA by starting the “Living Legacy Fund” that all classes and alumni can contribute to in order to help an incoming freshman each year. Since they would also like a visible memory of their time here at STA, some of the funds will also be used to landscape and beautify the area around the flag pole, including a brick walkway.
The senior gift campaign is especially exciting because there is an anonymous donor challenging the class to step up its generosity. For each senior who donates to the Senior Gift, the donor will make a donation in that senior’s name to the 2011-2012 Aquinas Fund. The donor wants to challenge the class on its generosity to STA, and also teach that when we give of our time, energy, and resources, we inspire other people to do the same. The donor also hopes that the Class of 2012 will continue to give back to STA each year, no matter the amount, as it moves forward from here and becomes part of the school's alumni association.
Bricks can also be purchased by friends, alumni, students, and any friend of STA for $50.00 Each
Create a LEGACY for Saints of the future
For more information on Senior Gift and the Living Legacy Fund, go to the Senior Gift page under Giving: Senior Gift
To purchase a brick ($50) contact Brian Harrison in the Alumni office.
Each brick can be up to 3 lines of text - 20 characters each.
|Another Succesful Pub Night!|
by Brian Harrison
Thanks so much to the Alumni and faculty that attended Pub Night at the Portsmouth Brewery last Thursday night. Over 60 alumni and faculty enjoyed great food and drinks while meeting up with old friends and former students and teachers. Thanks also to the Merrigan family for their hospitality and generosity.
|The members of the St. Thomas Aquinas football team are now State Champions!|
by Brian Harrison
Thanks to all the Alumni that were present for the Division V Championship Game on Saturday.
The members of the St. Thomas Aquinas football team are now State Champions, having defeated the Windham High School Jaguars, 49-28, in a contest that was competitive but never really close. The Saints, with home field advantage, filled the hill with fans and brought home their second state championship in the past five years, with the team able to hoist the championship plaque for first-year head coach Eric Cumba.
The Winner of the Alumni raffle was Brian Cassidy '89, who was proudly wearing his letterman jacket from STA!
|Have you updated your Online Profile?|
by David Harris
STA's new website allows users to log-in to update personal profile and set preferences for email communications and other features. If you have not logged on to update your profile, follow the instructions below:
To get started, click on the link "Logging in for the first time?" in the left-hand blue box on the main page. Upon completion of a simple form (requesting both your login and password), you will receive a pair of emails which will lead you through the steps of verifying your account, and you can begin to explore all that St. Thomas Aquinas' site has to offer.
And as you explore, be sure to double-check and update your personal information in the My Profile section.
For further assistance and training about features on the website: https://www.stalux.org/podium/default.aspx?t=142211&rc=1
Welcome to the alumni section of the new St. Thomas Aquinas High School website. You will find information about alumni involvement, giving, events, and ways to stay connected.
Visit the new Alumni Portal - our new online community for STA alums! Update your profile, search the online directory, submit class notes and more! Use the links found in the blue navigation bar to the left (If you are not already logged in, please click My STA to log in).