One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for September 2, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
On Monday August 31, 2015 my sister lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma and died in Denville, NJ. Bridget Kenney Murphy was just 60 years old and was the most selfless person you will ever meet.
(l-r) Bridget Murphy, and her daughters Christina and Deidre Murphy
She was the favorite aunt to nearly 20 nephews and nieces because she always placed others ahead of her needs and wants. When you have a caring soul and loving heart like that you make special friends.
One of those friends is Eileen Dacey Callas. She and my sister have been friends since grade school. I know that it was not hard to be friends with Bridget. The gift in their friendship was that they were loyal to each other. They were two kindred souls that took great pride in their Irish Heritage.
My sister like me grew up in Morristown, NJ. Bridget’s marriage to Vinny Murphy took her to some pretty amazing places including Hong Kong and Marco Island, FL but she never forgot where her roots were. Eileen was one of those anchors back to Northern New Jersey. No matter how long they might be apart when Eileen and Bridget got together it was like they had never been apart.
Eileen daughter has given her two grandchildren and she loved to tell Bridget about those two.
Eileen husband and friend is Bob Callas.
The Friend-EILEEN DACEY CALLAS
The Friend of the Friend-BOB CALLAS
Eileen married Bob Callas who was a great friend to my entire family. Bob also grew up in Morristown, NJ. If there ever was a baseball fanatic it was Bob especially the New York Yankees.
Bob’s career has been heavily involved with firefighting. He like his wife Eileen doesn’t shy away from Irish connections-I think the picture above will vouch for that.
I know that this week Bob will be called upon to help his wife Eileen cope with the loss of a lifelong friend in Bridget. It won’t be easy but it will be important.
My sister was special and having friends like Eileen and Bob Callas was important to her.