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Monday Nights With Sidney No More November 6, 2008

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Laurie and Sidney on a Monday night with Sidney.

Laurie and Sidney on a Monday night with Sidney.

“You liked that one, don’t cha?”  That was one of Sidney’s favorite sayings.  Almost every Monday night for the past five years, Sidney Kates, born 1926, would arrive at our home in Dover, NH at 5:30 p.m. for dinner.  Those Monday nights became less and less in the past two months as our dear friend Sidney began his own slow journey on his final cruise. This morning, November 6, 2008 at approx. 3:30 a.m. Sidney landed on a peaceful island someplace, far away from his diabetes, emphysema, and congestive heart failure.   Sidney owned and managed Kates Style Shop, downtown Dover, NH for sixty-four years, closing it in 1982. He could spot, and would compliment you, on a fine tailored piece of clothing you were wearing. Sidney would even be proud if you showed him  the discount price tag you bought it at…smiling, knowing you made a good choice.   And he had so many stories to share on those Monday nights, I always wished we had recorded them.  It would have been a book that everyone in town would have wanted to buy…and hope that their name wasn’t in it.  Actually, we would have changed the names to protect the innocent, and let readers see if they could identify themselves.   There may be no more Sidney except in our memories and in our heart, but he’s left us one more legacy:  the Sidney Special.  We’ll keep the recipe a secret, but welcome all his friends to celebrate his life and love anytime with us.  He’ll be with us in spirit every Monday night.  Cheers to a Special Sidney. We’ll miss you.

Copyright 2008 Laurie Widmark

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1. Jennifer Johnson - November 7, 2008

It is so wonderful that you have those memories of Mr. Kates…

I can not remember a holiday, birthday or family gathering that he was not there for. I have memories of sledding in his backyard, swinging on his porch swing, and eating Oreo cookies at his house when I got locked out of mine. I remember riding my bicycle with my brother one summer evening and asking him if Mr. Kates was my grandfather. My brother just laughed. I could go on and on sharing special moments that I remember having with Mr. Kates. I have always thought of Mr. Kates as being apart of my family. The love and kindness that he showed to me for 26 years will never be forgotten.


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