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Joseph Ahearne

Joseph F. Ahearne

Saturday, September 8th, 1934 - Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    Address
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    Address
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Service

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 9:30am
    When
    Monday, June 24th, 2019 9:30am
    Location
    St. Patrick's Church
    Address
    9511 4th Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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    Greenwood Cemetery
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    500 25th Street
    BROOKLYN, NY 11232
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Jim Kent (stepson)

Posted at 03:59pm
"REMEMBERING MY FATHERS AS THE LAST ONE PASSES"
Making a Noise in This World
By Jim Kent
(Published in the Lakota Times - July 4, 2019

Fathers are created in all shapes, sizes and colors. And contrary to popular belief, they can arrive in our lives on multiple occasions.

It’s quite common among the Lakota to have extended family members fulfill that role when necessary. Not so much among non-Natives, at least not when I was growing up.

My first father was the man who helped conceive me. A New York City cop and former U.S. Marine, he was a part of my world for about 4 years, though mostly absent. The original reason for this – work and overtime – was eventually disclosed as drinking and infidelity.

His genes were more of an influence on me than his presence and I do appreciate the sense of discipline, orderly mind, interest in history and love of reading I inherited.

“James E.’s” departure was a shock to my young emotional system. But his regular absences since my birth turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After all, how much could you miss someone who usually wasn’t there anyway?

Unconsciously, I began finding alternate role models. The few I chose would remain with me into my adult years. But since they were public figures their influence – significant to be sure – wasn’t tangible.

Shortly after my biological father’s departure my Uncle Eddie took me to my first baseball game (at the original Yankee Stadium). He was my mother’s brother-in-law and, conveniently for my disrupted family circumstances, lived upstairs in our new home – purchased just before my parents separated.

Over the next 10 years, “Unk” would become my substitute father. He taught me all about baseball – though stickball would be my favorite sport, introduced me to the history of the U.S. Army – in which he served, and showed me that – contrary to the times – it was part of a man’s responsibilities to help cook and clean the house.

I spent countless hours with him watching old movies on TV and learning to appreciate good acting. He also gave me my first introduction to shaving – “Don’t push it. Once you start, it’s got you forever.”

Unintentionally, Eddie also taught me something else….smoking can kill.

Sturdily built and one of those “never sick a day in his life” people, my second father succumbed to cancer after a brief battle when I was 13. He was 36.

I was devastated. I tried re-establishing ties with James E., but that relationship would never work out.

Just before Eddie’s passing my mother began seeing someone. It was a bit difficult for an adolescent to wrap his head around – “Mom dating”. The “guy”, Joe, soon found a place in my life, however, initially through his love for my first dog, a German Shepherd named Penny.

By the time my mother remarried I’d come to accept his presence in our lives…on the periphery. After all, even Eddie wasn’t always there the way a real father would, or should, be. Basically, I was halfway through high school and had lived my life without a father. No complaints…seriously. But this new arrival did create some tension as my mother tried to deal with my teenage issues while Joe stepped in when tempers flared.

“I haven’t had a father and I don’t need one now,” left my lips at least once.

Time would change that view. As I grew into adulthood and married Joe became a staunch supporter of my wife and I, while he and I came to terms with our relationship – somewhere between good friends and blood family. His divorce from my mother seemed only to enhance that, though I was wise enough not to take sides in that dispute.

Our relocation to South Dakota complicated the bond we’d developed, but didn’t end it. We still kept in touch by phone, though Joe refused to explore the world of computers, e-mail or social media. And no matter how many times he was invited to the Northern Plains, it was a journey he’d make “someday”.

During his later years, my third father rekindled a relationship with his older brother that saw them traveling on annual Caribbean cruises and having much more fun together than they ever let on.

But no party can last forever.

Depression and dementia caught up with Joe and he eventually gave in, just a few weeks after his brother had passed.

Driving home from Rapid City after getting word of Joe’s death, a Great Horned Owl flew up out of the roadside darkness and hovered over our car – then it was gone.

“Looks like he made it out here after all,” I told my wife.

Fathers…there’s no telling where they’ll appear.

https://www.lakotacountrytimes.com/articles/remembering-my-fathers-as-the-last-one-passes/?fbclid=IwAR3191poMtjW-NIlcUzD_OzHRDN82BjICGrk_EyekKP3U6New5dQmH2fm4I

Jim Kent is a freelance writer and radio producer who lives in Hot Springs. He is a contributing columnist to the Lakota Country Times and former editor of The New Lakota Times. He can be heard on National Public Radio and other radio outlets. Jim can be reached at kentvfte@gwtc.net.

Joseph Sciarrotta

Posted at 09:07pm
Joe was a kind, loving and sweet man with a great sense of humor. He would send me birthday cards with expired coupons. It always brought a good laugh. We would also do the "Irish/Italian" banter with warmth, good will, and respect for each other. He will be missed but never forgotten. Joseph Sciarrotta (Son-in-law)
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