Remembering Leader Herald Publisher
Last week the city learned of the passing of Joseph Curnane, Jr., publisher of the Everett-Leader Herald at the young age of 63. Joe, Jr. as he was called by many, carried on the tradition given to him by his father, the late Joseph Curnane who was a highly-respected businessman and community leader in Everett for decades. The Curnane family name was part of the fabric of the city in education, business, and especially, politics. Upon the passing of the family patriarch, Joe, Jr. continued publishing the century-old Everett-Leader Herald News & Gazette without missing a deadline. Joe could be seen delivering his weekly editions to various stores, always with a warm greeting to all. Like his dad, Joe knew everyone – whether it was the mailman to the mayor, his office door on Church St. was open to all. Joe was blessed by a wonderful family and dedicated staff of Mary, who anchored the office every day, and Brenda, who put the edition together every week. Anyone who knew him could always relate a funny anecdote Joe offered which always left you laughing. I say this with firsthand familiarity - Joe, Jr. was a good man, a dedicated family and businessman as witnessed at his wake on Wednesday. He was all Everett, all the time. He will be truly missed. Rest in Peace, Joe.
Congratulations, New England Patriot’s
No one could have written a better ending to the New England Patriots season. Beginning with the upheld four-game suspension of our beloved gridiron leader Tom Brady to the shocking trade of defensive stalwart Jamie Collins, a Patriots fan could occasionally have reason to doubt a playoff berth given the rise of National Football Conference foe the Atlanta Falcons. But as Pats fans, we know that the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick – along with defensive and QB coach Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels, respectively – will always have an answer for any opponent. How lucky we are to be Patriots football fans – and five Super Bowl championships!
And of course, we have to thank the Patriots’ ownership: Bob Kraft and son, Jonathan, who years ago, with Bob’s late wife, Myra, bought the team from the Sullivan family and created the football dynasty we have today.
As approximately one million Patriot Nation fans gathered in Boston for Tuesday’s Duck Boat Parade – offering their show of appreciation for their team on their Super Bowl victory – we congratulate them on their behavior as they represented the best that fans can be.
As New Englanders we are truly blessed to live in the City of Champions. Congratulations, New England Patriots, on your exciting, never-say-die Super Bowl LI Championship. GO PATS – WE WANT SIX!