Saturday, January 6, 2018

gerry ducharme's address

Gerald Ducharme, 34 Birchwood Way, East Greenwich, RI 02818


(This was meant to get to you on New Year's via email, but I could not get an email address for you.)

Gerry,

I was feeling nostalgic this past week remembering old acquaintances. One of my favorites was your mom. I googled and found her obit from 2012. Sorry she's left us ... but she did live into her 90s, a full life. What a gal! She held court at the switchboard of the Holyoke Gas and Electric every day she worked. When I worked there summers while attending UMass, she chatted and gossiped with me every day and always lifted my spirits. Marge was a genuinely friendly Irish lady with lots of spunk  ... and she really cared about people!! She possessed a character with an exemplary style of living that belongs in a play. Maybe I'll write it. I'll let you know.

In the obit I saw that you live in Rhode Island and thought I'd just drop a line to say hello. Fondly remember our walks home from JJ Lynch and those hikes we took - if I had only continued, I'd be thinner now, dammit! I think you also helped me iceskate better. I so appreciated your kind and easy-going manner. On FB I saw pix of you and your lovely family. And you run your own business. You're blessed. Happy for you.

I'm still in LA - 40 years in 2018 - teaching privately, writing and doing some acting. Have a children's novel that I'm proud of, hoping to convert it into an animated screenplay, but who knows, it's tough in this business of show. It takes place in the land of the Holy Oak. If you read it, you might very well see yourself in one of the creatures. Catch my facebook page. Also take a peek at my website: www.grigwaretalkstheatre.com ; that I've had for 10 years now. It's not making me a lot of money but sure does make me happy. My dad always wanted to live in California. He didn't make it, poor guy, but I did. I'm happy and grateful for every day I'm alive.

So many from our '64 class at HHS have died...among many others, Paul Grudis, Mary Donohue, Jackie LaBonte, Bob Ezold and his wife Ellen Moriarty... I was shocked that they died within a year of each other. I was in their wedding party. The years are slipping away from us. I'd rather reconnect with those I cared about than just let recollections slide into oblivion...so,

Stay youthful, healthy and happy,
I wish you and your family the best of everything.

Happy 2018!
your old friend,
don
818-7661457