Yesterday was the 2nd Annual Ed Thaete Golf Classic. Ed Thaete is . . . well, a legend and one helluva guy. Ed has been our sacristan for the longest time and in the history of the parish, he and his wife, Gerry, have just about volunteered in every capacity, and still continue to do so - retirement be damned!
But Ed is a modest guy and waved off any honors until he was finally convinced last year that if his name was part of a fundraiser, people would come and open their wallets. Being retired, Ed hits the links regularly and so a gold tournament was created.
Held at the Willowick Golf Club in Santa Ana, CA, it was a hoot. Foursomes went out in shotgun fashion and played "best shot" to keep things moving. I played - poorly - but brought my camera along to photograph the event. At left is a shot of our parochial vicar, Fr. Michael St. Paul, showing his form. The weather was perfect, the volunteers kept humming by with the refreshment cart, the jokes and laughing kept on, and I am sure the scoring was completely and utterly dishonest. This is golf, after all.
After the game, we had a dinner together. A highlight was the presentation to Ed of the book "Flyboys," which honors the men who piloted planes during WWII. Ed Thaete was a B-17 pilot, doing bombing runs over Europe. While Fr. Michael was on vacation this year, he had the good fortune to personally meet another "flyboy" of WWII . . . George Bush, Sr. Fr. Michael had a copy of "Flyboys" ready and told him Ed's story. The book presented to Ed last night had a special inscription in from the former President to Ed personally.
The picture to the right is our beloved Mr. Thaete, himself - WWII hero, devout Catholic, and one honest and loveable gentleman. We are blessed at St. Joseph's to have a parishioner like that!