- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Sunday evening, after a full day of remembering Skip Delligatti at the Ross Funeral Home, there was a celebration of his life at the Knights of Columbus.

After all, when one thinks of the Knights, it’s difficult not to think about Skip.

There was a large turnout at the Knights as Tom Dragich and a number of others told humorous stories about Skip Delligatti.

And some of these stories were quite funny.

Even his wife Linda wanted to tell about how they first met.

She said she was coming out of a building and Skip was sitting somewhere nearby.

“Hey,” he said to her, “I’m going to do you a favor. I’m going to take you to the dance Friday night.”

And, as Tom Dragich expressed it, “the rest is history.”

One central theme of the jokes that were told was about how Skip might take the lunch of one teacher or staff member and then pass it on to others.

Taking people’s lunches and distributing them to others was something Skip really enjoyed doing.

Some of the stories were hilarious. And some were serious. But they were all good.

Brian Cole, John Kimbrew, Joe Naternicola, Mary Jo Roman and Chad Bundy were among those who spoke, along with Tom Dragich, who had some excellent stories himself.

Everyone seemed to enjoy this celebration of Skip’s life.

The Kingmont Community Auxiliary will sponsor a homecoming for all persons who have lived in the Kingmont area.

“We’ve lost a lot of people but we have a number of new ones who have moved in,” Linda Swisher said.

The Homecoming is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Aug. 1.

“The committee is providing everything,” Linda said. “There will be door prizes and things like that. We just want everyone to come out.”

The Pirates are visiting the Minnesota Twins tonight and tomorrow afternoon and the Veasey family will be represented at the games.

Our “Big Guy” is taking Kaiya tonight and all four of them are going tomorrow afternoon.

We heard a commercial yesterday for the Pirates series and Kaiya sweetly asked “so who are we rooting for?”

“The Pirates, of course!” was Leo’s answer.

They are coming in next week and we’re going to a Pirates-Cubs game.

Nathan Perri was an excited boy when he was selected Sunday at the West Virginia Black Bears game to race the Bears’ mascot around the field.

He’s the 11-year-old son of Dennise Perri, who is on the advertising staff at the Times West Virginian.

Dennise said Nathan was one happy boy as he also was tossed a foul ball by one of the opposing players.

David Holmes of Charleston defended his 2014 World Horseshoe Tournament Championship with an entry ringer percentage of 80.00. He won 12 games.

Holmes scored 591 points and ended up with a ringer percent average of 78.47.

Frank and Mary Clark have moved to St. Augustine.

“We first visited St. Augustine on a tennis vacation in 1979 and fell in love with the ‘Ancient City’ immediately,” Frank said.

“After many more trips over the years, we bought a home there close to the beach and finally decided that trying to maintain two homes — our country home outside of Fairmont and our beach home in St. Augustine — was becoming just too difficult.

“So, after much consideration, we decided to part with our country abode and make St. Augustine our new permanent home and we could not be happier.”

They are planning a trip to Fairmont near the end of August to meet up with old friends.

“Fairmont will always have a special place in our hearts, and we still subscribe to the Times West Virginian on a digital basis,” Frank said.

Thought for Today: There is someone who is looking up to you. Don’t let that person down.


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