Our reckoning is that TODAY June 10 is the anniversary of our graduation. Is that correct? Fifty-four years later, we’re coming through a (hopefully) once-in-a-century pandemic. Let’s celebrate!
Wednesday June 23 at 1:00pm
Our Chief Gatherer has arranged a new location for us to meet for the first time post-pandemic: Yogi’s Bar & Grill, 1126 W. Henderson Road, Columbus 43220 (corner of Kenny & Henderson) 614-914-8117. For those who haven’t been to our lunchtime get-togethers, we keep it informal; stand or sit as you please, table or bar, move around or stay put, whatever moves you. Eating is optional, beverages are optional, good times are not! It’s been almost a year-and-a-half, so come out and say hello to our classmates and catch up with what’s been happening.
If you have questions or need more information, email us. See you on the 23d!
Our classmate—and great friend—Mike Hilliard passed on Leap Day after an extended illness. Our prayers are with, and condolences extend to, his whole family. Mike was one of the kindest and gentlest men we knew. His warmth, caring, and smile will be greatly missed. We excerpt from today’s Columbus Dispatch:
Thomas Michael (Mike) Hilliard, age 71, passed away February 29, 2020. Graduated from Bishop Watterson High School and University of Cincinnati. Preceded in death by mother, Shirley Paananen; son, Todd Hilliard; daughter, Michelle Hilliard; brother James Hilliard. Survived by wife of 37 years, Jean Hilliard; son, Jason (Holly) Hilliard and their children, Patrick, Max and Quinn; daughter Jessica (Nick) Grundy and their children, Alysha and Kenna; daughter Carly; and sister Jan Reeve. Mike had many lifelong friends and enjoyed years of touch football, golf league, and creating great memories. He loved music and dancing and trips to Canada with his family and friends. He was especially proud of his induction into Bishop Watterson’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Friends may call Wednesday [March 4] from 4-7 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 4661 Kenny Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 7179 Avery Road. Private burial at a later date. Read full obituary »
New Year, holidays are over, Super Bowl will be forgotten, time for more fun with Watterson ’67 classmates.
Those of us who haven’t fled the winter weather will be meeting for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 19, 2020, at Miller’s Ale House (1201 Olentangy River Road, 43212).
For those who haven’t been to our lunchtime get-togethers, we keep it informal; stand or sit as you please, table or bar, move around or stay put, whatever moves you. Eating is optional, beverages are optional, good times are not! Middle of the week, middle of the day, centrally located, fun for all. We hope you can make it!
Hi All! We’re doing lunch in November a little different. Since some of you who no longer are in Columbus may be in town for Thanksgiving, we decided to have our gathering on Tuesday, November 26th in hopes that anyone who normally can’t make it will be able to do so this month! Unless you hear otherwise, we’ll be at Miller’s Ale House, 1201 Olentangy River Road around 12:30. Also, the December lunch will be on Wednesday the 11th. Again, same time & place unless another location is found.
Last month, Larry Guglielmi brought a photo album with some old memories to share! Lots of laughs as we recalled days gone by – along with stories to the best of our abilities! So if any of you still have pictures around, please bring them along!
As usual, any questions please feel free to email me. And please pass this on to anyone not in the email. There are so many missing but we do the best we can with what we’ve got!
John E. Dorrian, age 80, beloved son, brother and uncle was called to heaven on March 25, 2019. Born in Columbus, Ohio on October 3, 1938, John was the youngest of eight children born to Irish immigrant parents Hugh Joseph Dorrian and Anna O’ Flaherty. John grew up on Campbell Avenue in the Franklinton neighborhood. From a very young age John excelled in every type of athletic adventure. He played every sport available to him in Sunshine Park winning first place in the 50 yard dash and The Knights of Columbus State of Ohio free throw shooting competition just to name a few. His nickname was Shag because he was always shagging baseballs. Growing up he was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he attended grade school. He graduated from Saint Charles Preparatory High School with excellent grades and outstanding athletic achievements. He went on to play baseball for The University of Notre Dame playing varsity baseball under Coach Jack Kine. He also made the freshman basketball team as a walk on. John used to say with a smile “the basketball team had 16 members and I was the 16th”.
After graduation John went on to earn his Master’s Degree at The Ohio State University in education administration. He was a member of the Shamrock Club and marched in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade for many years.
Professionally John was a teacher at Saint Charles, Buckeye Valley and Bishop Watterson High School. During his 10 years of teaching he coached baseball, basketball and football. His student athletes affectionately called him Coach Bud. Throughout his life members of his teams would always come up to him and thank him for the life lessons he taught then through sports. After retiring from coaching John worked for the State of Ohio and was a computer programmer with C.A.C. for 28 years. John continued to teach in retirement coaching adult immigrants to read and preparing tax returns as a volunteer for AARP. He also enjoyed traveling to Ireland visiting many cousins in the Counties of Galway and Donegal. John continued to play competitive baseball well into his thirties until he turned his full athletic attention to golf.
The most important part of John’s life was his faith in God and his family. He was a devoted member of Saint Thomas More Newman Center and loved the friendship of the Paulist Priests, especially Father Vinnie. For over 60 years Uncle John has organized the annual ‘Uncle John Easter Egg Hunt and Dorrian Family Reunion’. It cannot be overstated how important this event has become bringing together an entire family now numbering close to 100 people. John spent his last few years happy and well cared for at the Wesley Glen Retirement Home, where he was affectionately referred to as Uncle John by everyone. Read entire obituary»