A Tribute to Fran McDriscoll
By Sinéad Ní Chadhain
Below is a tribute in memory of Fran McDriscoll which was printed in the Scoil Muire Doireglinne annual school magazine, Flashpoint 23.
We remembered and prayed for Fran in our First Holy Communion Ceremony on 28 th May 2011 also. She is fondly remembered and dearly missed.
Our dear friend, Fran McDriscoll passed away this year on 24th January, 2011. Suaimhneas síoraí di i measc na naingeal i bhflaithis Dé.
Fran has shown a great interest in our school and our children’s education. She has supported us in many ways throughout the years. Fran kept up-to-date with all our school events and activities through emails with our teachers, visits to our school on each one of her Ireland trips and Fran was a regular Flashpoint reader. In fact, we sent numerous copies of Flashpoint Stateside every year, which she passed on to her friends.
Fran attended our school extension opening ceremony and social night in 2008. She is pictured here, on that day beside a tree planted in her honour in 2005. The plaque reads:
“People like you take the time to do special things
that make the world more beautiful – Fran McDriscoll”
Fran has been a generous benefactor to our school since 1998 and many of her friends have joined her with donations to Scoil Muire. We appreciate Fran’s support which has enabled us to cater for and enhance the educational opportunities of our children.
I have met up with Fran each time I have been in Boston either in her office at First Realty Management Corp overlooking beautiful Boston Common and with a view onto the Charleston River, at her home with a real ‘Irish’ flair or more socially for a bite and a few! I have had the pleasure of meeting many of her work colleagues and friends.
Fran was a very warm, funny, kind and generous lady. We, at Scoil Muire Doireglinne will miss her very much. We have recorded Fran’s passing in our ‘Leabhar Chuimhneacháin’ (Rememberance Book – in honour of our loved ones who have died in our area and abroad.) Her dedication reads:
“Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.”