Until We Meet Again,Ted

We said goodbye to the Old Man.  Teddy Kudrick was laid to rest, but not until countless friends, loved ones and fans gathered in Media, Delaware County Tuesday night and Wednesday to pay their last respects to this father, husband, friend, showman, leader and hard-working American.20171025_092213

Ted Kudrick worked as an engineer on a tug boat and was Captain of Duffy String Band. A top hat he wore on New Years Day and at parades around the region graced a room where mourners gathered in Media, Delaware County to say farewell.  We kidded Teddy in recent years about being the “Old Man.”  His dad, Henry Kunzig was the original Old Man of the Duffy String Band family, but Teddy had gone on to earn the nickname.   He paraded for half a century, was inducted in 2005 into the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association Hall of Fame, and was Captain for 32 years at the time of his passing.  He deserved the respect that was meant by “Old Man”, but Teddy was not old.  He was just 52 when he died last week.

Duffy has always been a favorite band of many Mummers.  It’s been a leader in opening up the parade to women and remains one of the most accessible and pleasing bands of Mummery.  They haven’t always placed high in the competition, but they always have heart.  They love the tradition of a people parade, and care more about making people smile.

20171025_092150 Teddy had a smile, one that never left him from the time he was a baby.

Throughout Fishtown, Wallingford, Port Richmond, South Philadelphia, and throughout the region, hearts go out to his wife, Colleen, and to their children, Jake and Kathryn, and to sisters, Cheryl and Peg, and brother, Michael, and all Ted’s family.  His son, Jake, had paraded with his Dad for ten years.  When you saw them at rehearsal on a parking lot on a cold day, or in full costume in front of tv cameras and fan-filled grandstands, you got a glimpse of the Mummery that many never see. The down to earth bonds of a father and son, joyfully spending time together.  We will always remember Ted, the “Old Man,” forever young with his son.20171026_000642.jpg

 

Mother Cabrini Way

A street in Manhattan today has been named in honor of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Patroness of Immigrants, and the first American saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC)and the Cabrini Mission Foundation led the ceremony, unveiling the co-naming of East19th Street at 3rd Avenue “Mother Cabrini Way.” 

New York Councilwoman Rosie Mendez said, “We must remember the work of Mother Cabrini, and try to model her humanity.” Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC Provincial, stated that today we are “honoring a woman who contributed a great deal to the world, taking care of those most in need.” 

Mother Cabrini passed away 100 years ago this December. The order she founded has established schools and hospitals on 6 continents. Among the educational institutions is Cabrini University in Radnor, PA. #CabriniUniversity #CabriniMissionFoundation

The Answer to Domestic Violence

Cabrini University tonight formally launched the Barbara and John Jordan  Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education. #theanswer This Center, led by Colleen Lelli, PhD, is born out of a decade of scholarly and field work to educate others on the damaging impact of trauma, and the effective role of teachers in preventing domestic violence and trauma. 

Lynn Rosenthal, of the Biden Foundation, speaking at the event, called on Cabrini to become a national leader in this effort.  Barbara Jordan said Cabrini is creating pathways of peace, and, referring to the framed poster, that the Center “has brought meaning and passion to these words.”

Lynn Rosenthal declared Barbara and John Jordan a national treasure;  President Donald Taylor praised them for their incredible impact. cabrini.edu/dveducation