We lost a long-time friend of the show on Friday. Anne Marie McCawley, director of the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre passed away.
Sue and I met Anne Marie over 21 years ago when we first contacted her about getting listeners to volunteer at the kitchen. And I still remember her reaction when we told her that we needed to have someone there early so our engineers could set up for the broadcast.
“5 in the MORNING?” she asked.
Later we learned that the reason she was so concerned about the time was because SHE would be the one opening the door.
Over the years Anne Marie grew to look forward to our annual Kitchen Crew broadcast…even when we suggested that we have bands perform to entertain our volunteers while they chopped vegetables.
"It's a great loss to the community, and it's a great loss to Catholic Social Services," Monsignor Joseph Kelly, secretary for human services in the Diocese of Scranton told the Citizen’s Voice.
"She was always more than willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of the poorest of the poor, “ he added.
Today was going to be our first year broadcasting at the kitchen without Anne Marie. She retired this summer after 25 years.
But now with her passing, our annual event will take on a whole new meaning.
Anne Marie was a one-of-a-kind woman who gave all to people in need.
She’s gone but not forgotten. We’re dedicating today’s show to you Anne Marie.
Sue remembers Ann Marie as SELFLESS…..it was always about other people, that was her mission. She was quiet, wanted no special attention but fought hard for the best she could get for others.
She never stopped, never complained, always believed in the goodness of other people and they never let her down.
She was so good, she inspired the same in everyone she came in contact with. She quietly shared her gift of giving and you wanted to be part of it.
When we first met Ann Marie her daughter was in elementary school, then college and now all grown up….Ann Marie beamed when she talked about her daughter. Ann Marie had one daughter, but she had a huge family of those who met her, knew her and loved her. She was an exceptional humanitarian and a lovely woman.