Remembering a New York Woman

This past January my mom died in New Jersey. She was 93.. she would have been 94 this month. Today is my first Mother's day without her. Following is a childhood picture of mom (on the left) with her sister Blanche … along with a few excerpts from the eulogy that I shared at her funeral:

Growing up I got to spend a lot of time with Mom’s mom. There were a lot of similarities between Grandma and Mom: they were both feisty New Yorkers … both had a great heart and deep seated love for their family. Like Grandma, Mom was a very independent woman … she was a strong woman … she ran the house … paid the bills … and rode herd over four New York kids and made sure that we were in church at All Saints Episcopal every Sunday.
I already miss my Mom. I want to end my talk by sharing a few thoughts with you about her. When I think about my Mom I will always think of a New York woman … it was hard to keep up with Mom … she could out-walk anybody on the sidewalks of the city … at times when I was growing up she seemed so fearless.

When I think of her, I will also think of an imperfect woman … Mom made mistakes but she was not a person who let herself wallow in those mistakes … she knew how to forgive herself and move on … it took me a while to understand that about her.

But most of all I will remember Mom as the woman who was instrumental in making me who I am today. My Mom showed me how to be tough in adversity – God knows I have needed that lesson. She taught me to believe in others and believe in myself … she always accepted me and loved me for who I was. Mom was proud of me whether I was in school, in the Army or working at AT&T. When I was around her I felt encouraged … you know, it was years after I left home that I realized that I had limitations.

I knew no limits with Mom … her love for me inspires me still.


  1. Wonderful tender thoughts about a great woman in your life. Our Moms really build you we are don't they.
    Sending you a virtual hug today as we remember our Moms.

  2. Very wonderful tribute, thank you for sharing it.

  3. Bob, this is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your mom with us. You are a living legacy of the kind of woman she was, I am glad she was your mom.

  4. Well Bob, I just all teary eyed as that was the most beautiful tribute. I feel so close to all these mothers I have read about in different blogs... What a great day for all of us to say Thank You Mom....mine has been in heaven 19 years, and I still miss her like crazy.


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