Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thinking of Andy St. Onge


Registrations for season passes are rolling in at a record pace. After a long hard winter it looks like folks are ready for some Good Times. I visited with Mike Callery, owner of Hookslide Kelly’s, this past weekend. Mike was heading up a pre St Patrick’s Day pub crawl. In Lowell, St Patty’s Day is a week long celebration. The crawl started from Hookslide and they hit most of the Irish bars in downtown Lowell. By my calculations that would be at least nine stops within a few blocks. I caught up with them towards the end. Mike and I went over the final details for our Opening Nite 5K on April 7. This includes meeting with the new special events coordinator at City Hall. Sadly longtime special events coordinator Andy St. Onge passed away suddenly past fall at the young age of 52. Andy was one of the biggest advocates of running you could find in Lowell. He would often appear at the post race party of many of our Tuesday night runs. He had to stop running a few years prior to his passing due to injuries, however he always remained a fan of the sport. I dealt with him for many years and he was always a pleasure to work with and the consummate professional. He will definitely be missed.

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