Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
August 44 was a day full of nostalgia and happy memories as 23 members of Glen Cove High School’s Class of 1944 came together with some of their families for a 65th reunion at the lovely San Souci restaurant in Sea Cliff.
After the luncheon, everyone gathered around to hear letters from classmates who could not be there, which were read by Class President Chester Piece.
This was a very special class. They attended what was then a brand new high school during World War II, and to support their country, they conducted scrap metal drives, purchased war bonds, assisted the Red Cross and saw classmates leave to serve in the United States Armed Forces. With a sound foundation of excellent education at GCHS, they have gone on to success in such fields as medicine, education, athletics and business.
This was also the class whose outstanding football team, led by Captain Bob Gribbin, became southeast New York State champions by defeating not only all Long Island competitors, but also the leading Westchester County team. As Long Island’s most outstanding high school football team, they were also the recipients of the Rutgers Cup, presented by Rutgers University. Chester Pierce, Marc Martone, James Middleton and Noah Paulis, former players on this championship team, were present at the luncheon.
It was an exciting day that ended by all too soon. As phone numbers and email addresses were exchanged, everyone looked forward to keeping in touch. It was truly 65 years of friendship.