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Obituaries (aka Irish Sports Page) 2003

  • NOV. 14, 2003: KAREN P. MORSE, 42, a "spice girl" with the Chryslers and a fiscal technician for WWU's Publishing Services.
  • OCT. 27, 2003: ANNE GALE SEIDER, 50, a reporter for The Atlantic City Press in the 1970s who became a TV news producer and lawyer, of breast cancer. Gale was a mainstay of the crew of 20-something journalists who worked in Atlantic City in the late 1970s. Gale earned her law degree at Temple University while working at KYW TV in Philadelphia in the 1980s. She had worked at the Philadelphia firm of Davis, Parry, Tyler & Wright since 1991. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Best; a daughter, Annie; stepsons Dennis and Kevin Best; her father, Robert Seider; and a sister.
  • OCT. 15, 2003: BRETT C. SKAKUN, 49, a reporter at The Atlantic City Press and The Philadelphia Bulletin in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after a long battle with cancer. Brett left journalism after getting his MBA and became a financial analyst. He is survived by children, Grant Matthew Skakun and Travis Michael Skakun; wife, Susan Lindee; all of Media, Penna., his father, Chester Skakun and sister, Robin Skakun, both of Bluffton, S.C.

  • photo of DadSEPT. 28, 2003: BILL SHEEHAN, 87, father of six, grandfather of 11, retired firefighter, jokester and cigar smoker, three months after fracturing his hip on his birthday in July. He had two hip surgeries and spent many miserable weeks in hospitals and nursing homes fighting to go home and die in peace. A Boston hospice and his devoted family brought him some relief in his last days. Dad was a decorated veteran of World War II for whom family was everything. He had photographic proof of being the 13th Apostle at the Last Supper. An avid reader of the "Irish Sports Page," Dad had two obituaries, one in The Sheehan World and one in The Boston Globe. He was buried at Cambridge Cemetery next to Alma with a Fire Department honor guard. Inside his casket with him, we put: plenty of bus fare in his wallet; his handwritten MBTA bus schedules; long distance phone card; a pack of Phillies blunt cigars (with matches); his squirting rose pinned to his lapel; a golfball; a photo of Alma and him at their 50th anniversary; and a baseball signed by all 11 grandchildren.

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