A cool cloudy morning, but with a celebratory moment for family and friends for the 2021 Gannon Golf Club members who were absent for their final tee time. This is the fifteenth year for this memorial service organized by Solimine Funeral Home.
This is a tribute, according to Dave Solimine Sr., who said “It is not just a golf course to play, but it is a family of members and players. Everyone here at Gannon has some form of connection. When we lose a player, we all lose someone.”
The Solimine staff conducts this memorial service each year. Family members are invited and presented with a memorial plaque. Gannon management, Chris Carter and Steve Murphy, provide geraniums for each family.
Mayor McGee noted how he is honored to be at Gannon as he said, “We must remember what Memorial Day is all about; we recognize those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect this country. I would be remise not to note how terrible last year was; how it impacted the golf course and all of us with so many lost in this community including veterans. Today, we all come together recognizing those who passed and how important to remember family members. This is the time for all of us to remember these thirteen golfers at Gannon who enjoyed the game and being here with you.”
Club Professional David Sibley commented, “This ceremony is one of the special events at the course that make us who we are.”
The 2021 thirteen Members absent for tee time were: Jack Cavanaugh, Richard Carlton, Teddy Carritte, Ernest Cote, George Dunn, Nancy Gheringhelli, Dr. Leo McDonald, Grace McHardy, Mark Melcher, Robert Melanson, Stephen C. Richardson, Patrick J. Ryan, and John R. Zimmerman