Featured Letter: Remembering Peggy Gleeson

To the editor:

Since her passing on March 3, 2014, I have been watching your paper for an obituary honoring Peggy Gleeson, age 75. She and her husband, Joe, had been coming to the North Fork since the 1950s, inheriting his father’s home in Paradise Cove in Southold, where they raised three children. Before he died in 2005, they remodeled the house and welcomed four grandchildren. They both attended and served at St. Patrick’s in Southold. 

The reason I knew them since 2004 was because Peggy volunteered to help me as a swimming partner at our pool in Peconic Landing and we grew to be fast friends. Having handicaps myself, it was hard to find people willing to handle me and my weight, but not Peggy. She took me out to doctors’ appointments, dinners and overnight to my Port Washington high school reunion. I met her friends and visited her Irish relatives, and she met mine. She shopped for me and, when in Florida, searched shops for clip earrings. We laughed together and I felt whole again. I know she helped me with fundraisers and gave her leadership qualities to the Red Hats and Cutchogue Homemakers. I know she loved her family and friends here and from New Jersey, those she taught with in the Bronx, as well as old friends in Naples, Fla.

Peggy lived the Golden Rule and she believed in reincarnation and forgiveness. In this season of Passover, Easter and renewal, she deserves mention.

Eileen McFetridge, Greenport

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