Thanks for helping through hardship

Thanks for helping through hardship


To the editor:

During this time of Thanksgiving, we wanted to express our gratitude to the Barrington community for the overwhelming kindness, generosity, and support shown to our family over the past three months.

In August of this year, our father Vincent passed away unexpectedly on his way home from work. Within twelve hours, we found ourselves back in Barrington (having traveled by train, airplane, sea plane, and car, from our homes in DC, Seattle, and Maine), to be with our mother Cynthia and our other family members and friends.

Unbelievably, before the shock of my father’s passing had subsided, my mother was diagnosed with late-stage cancer.

While she fought courageously against the disease during September and October, she too passed away late last month.

Our parents gave us everything: their time, attention, encouragement, unwavering support, boundless love. They never (ever) missed a sporting event, theater performance, or music concert, and demonstrated their love for us in a million little ways — lunchbox notes, check-in phone calls, nightly family dinners, silly songs, nicknames, and jokes. We are so thankful to have been raised and loved by both of our parents, and we will miss them immensely.

Throughout this awful time, we have felt incredibly thankful to be surrounded by such selfless, giving neighbors, friends and community members.

Despite the fact that the three of us haven’t lived in Barrington for several years, the community turned out in full force to help us when we needed it the most.

In particular, we would like to say thank you to the St. Luke’s School and Church (where our mother has been a math teacher for the past five years), including Father Bob Hawkins, Principal Maureen Jannetta, Maria Walmsley, and the entire PTO, among others. The St. Luke’s parents and teachers sent us meals multiple times per week, helped us to plan and put on a beautiful Mass and reception to celebrate Mom’s life, and were exceedingly generous in their support of our family.

Our Dad’s General Electric co-workers have also been wonderful, stopping by to check on us, offering advice on home improvement projects, and accompanying us to Home Depot when we needed help picking out plumbing fixtures.

We would also like to especially thank our Sowams Road neighbors, who truly went above and beyond, puppy-sitting, bringing food, lending us a wheelchair and other supplies, and — incredibly — showing up on a Saturday morning to install a ramp outside our house when Mom could no longer make it up and down the stairs (thank you, Weller family!).

Lastly, to our family and friends from Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Rehoboth, and beyond who have been over to the house bearing food, flowers, or furniture, or have helped us with sanding, cleaning, fixing cars, raking, dog-wrangling, and so many other tasks: thank you, too, so much.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. We would not have made it through the last few months without you all.

Meg, Katie, and Sara Giuliano