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Cleary had only intended to stay in the city only long enough to make enough money to move to Australia until he met Eleanor Shea, "the proverbial girl next door," Prada Sunglasses Womens Sale who would become his wife of 56 years.
Proud of his heritage, Cleary began an Irish festival in the city, drawing Irish acts from across the country. He and his wife Burberry Handbag In Uk
Frank Mangan's Musical Tribute to Jim Cleary will be held at the Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave., on Oct. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Senior Center. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 978 829 1790.
He had an aunt in Fitchburg, and she welcomed him to her home. He was hired in the paper industry only two days after he arrived in Fitchburg.
Senior Center Director Joan Goodwin had attended Sacred Heart Grammar School with Tom Cleary and remembered the Burberry Wallet Sale
Jim Cleary's children leave today to bring his ashes back to Ireland, and it will be the first time all six will be in his hometown at the same time, Tom Cleary said.
Cleary originally intended to immigrate to Australia but found the move too expensive.
FITCHBURG The Fitchburg Senior Center provided a second home and support for Jim Cleary during hard times, and now his family wants to give back in his honor.
"This place was like his second home," she said. "He would have lunch here five days a week, then go up and see Eleanor."
When a Worcester radio station closed, stopping their favorite Irish radio program, "Echoes of Erin," he successfully petitioned to bring the show to WEIM in Fitchburg.
"While Mom was sick, it was important for him to have that sense of normalcy," Kevin Cleary said. "He had a routine. And then after Mom passed, it was even more important so that he had a place that he could go to and socialize, and he made friends here."
Oct. 19, featuring Irish music performed by Cleary's good friend, Pennsylvania based entertainer Frank Mangan.
Cleary, who died of a heart attack at the age of 88 on April 28, was an Irish immigrant and lifelong lover of Irish music and dance. He and his wife would frequently attend dances held by Irish clubs and associations across the state, according to his sons, Tom, 57, and Kevin, 48. By age 13, he was working as a farmhand and worked his way up through progressively better jobs until he hit a roadblock. Realizing he would not be able to make further progress as a farmer, he decided to leave his country.
A devoted husband, he visited his wife without fail at least once a day until her death in 2008, Tom Cleary said.
family. She became fast friends with Jim Cleary when she was hired about 10 years ago.
During the seven years Eleanor Cleary was at The Highlands nursing home, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Jim Cleary turned to the Senior Center for support and friendship.
organized bus trips to different Irish events, as well as group tours of Ireland.
Irish show in Jim Cleary's memory benefits Fitchburg Senior Center
Cleary's children are planning an Irish themed benefit show to be held at the Senior Center on Saturday, Burberry Backpack Vintage
In their Ward Street home, they raised six children. Cleary worked for 36 years as a papermaker between Fitchburg Paper Co. and Crocker Burbank Co. Despite having only a sixth grade education, he wrote detailed manuals on papermaking, as well as articles on any subject that drew his interest, and had many published around the world.
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