Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In Loving Memory Northeast Times February 19, 2014

In Loving Memory

By Tom Waring Feb. 19, 2014

Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School re­cently ded­ic­ated a stained glass win­dow in its chapel to the memory of Timothy Con­nors, a 15-year-old fresh­man who was hit by a car and died on the af­ter­noon of May 17, 2011.

Timmy would have been a seni­or this year, and the class of 2014 raised money for the win­dow through a bake sale and flea mar­ket.

“We’re very happy. It’s mean­ing­ful. This is something that will stay with the school forever,” said seni­or Jes­sica Kow­al­ski, who also at­ten­ded Our Lady of Port Rich­mond with Timmy.

“Everything we put in, we got twice as much out, maybe even three times,” seni­or Tyler Kradzin­ski said of the ex­per­i­ence. “A lot of teach­ers fun­ded it, and that helped a lot.”

The win­dow shows a pic­ture of St. Timothy, with God pla­cing his hands on him. The words read, “In Lov­ing Memory of Timothy Con­nors.  Class of 2014.  Take Hold of the Etern­al Life to Which You Were Called.”

Mar­tin and Geor­gette Con­nors, Timmy’s par­ents, at­ten­ded the ce­re­mony, along with their daughters Alaina and Char­lotte.

“It’s a fit­ting im­age,” Mar­tin Con­nors said. “It’s a me­mori­am to Timmy, and it’s a leg­acy to what these kids are about. It’s the class of 2014’s leg­acy.”

Sis­ter Frances Ant­oinette ar­ranged for mem­bers of the class of 2014 to sign a gi­ant card in Timmy’s memory, and she helped the seni­ors raise money for the win­dow.

“It was a very up­lift­ing ex­per­i­ence for me,” she said. “Their heart was there. Their soul was there.”

Mike McArdle, Ry­an’s pres­id­ent, was in at­tend­ance.

“It’s a great trib­ute to Timothy, and a sign of the strength and cour­age of the class of 2014,” he said.

The Rev. John Donia offered pray­ers and blessed the win­dow.

“As the light shines through that stained-glass win­dow, we will al­ways re­mem­ber the gift of Timothy Con­nors,” he said.

Timmy was leav­ing school for the day when he was hit on busy Academy Road as he ran to catch a bus.

Since then, fam­ily and friends have marked the first two an­niversar­ies of his death by plant­ing trees in his memory on the grounds of Ry­an.

Timmy at­ten­ded Nativ­ity of Our Lord Ele­ment­ary School from pre-kinder­garten through sixth grade, then spent two years at Our Lady of Port Rich­mond after a neigh­bor­hood con­sol­id­a­tion of Cath­ol­ic schools.

Mar­tin Con­nors, a po­lice de­tect­ive, writes a blog, “Forever Fif­teen,” in memory of his son and hopes to bol­ster a schol­ar­ship fund named in his memory.

Con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Timothy Con­nors Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship, 11201 Academy Road, Phil­adelphia, PA 19154. ••






Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Letter to the Editor Northeast Times May 8, 2013

Slow down on Academy Road
Does anyone remember spring of 2011 when Tim Connors was hit by a car right outside of Archbishop Ryan High School?
How about fellow students? Parents? Do you remember?
Well, maybe you need to be reminded of this tragic accident each morning when you’re speeding along Academy Road, going over the 15 mph limit, in a hurry to drop your child off, or maybe you’re a student crossing over two lanes of traffic, cutting other cars off because you’re going to be late?
I see this every single morning on my way to work. Even the school buses leaving the school zoom right by me.
And no one takes notice that the END SCHOOL ZONE sign is a few yards from Comly Road.
Drivers think that they have the go-ahead long before that sign appears. I am disgusted by this behavior by some of these drivers. I’ve got them cutting me off, riding my bumper, all in a hurry to get to the school.
Obey the law.
I wish something could be done. I just hope there’s not another tragedy or an accident due to a parent or student in a hurry. Would you rather get there late or dead?
Heather Steinberg

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Memorial Stained Glass Window for Timmy

Take hold of the eternal life to which you have been called... 
1 Timothy 6:12

The image of St. Timothy being blessed by St. Paul

Over the last several months, the senior class of Archbishop Ryan High School raised funds for a stained glass window in the school chapel in memory of their fallen classmate Timothy Connors, my son.

The window was dedicated on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

This Memorial for Timothy is a Testament to the Legacy of Archbishop Ryan Class of 2014