This Website is dedicated to those in my life who have passed on, especially my beautiful, fun loving, favorite Red Sox Buddy, Mom, Bernice Person Abbott (4/8/2011), My Sister-in-Law, Nichole Person, as well as many others......
Mom, words cannot even explain how much you are missed! Everytime my phone rings, I expect it to be you on the other end! Going to Red Sox games are not the same without you! But your name will live on at Fenway Park forever! Your thirteen children, twenty-one grandchildren, and your seven great-grand children have found a way to keep your memory alive at Fenway Park! You will have a brick dedicated to you, with your name on it, from all of us, on the wall of Fenway Park for its 100th Anniversary! We love you Mom, and we so miss you! Keep our Sox Boys winning, will ya! Hold onto that Fenway Park dirt that I left with you!
In Loving Memory of my Beloved Sister-In-Law, Nichole Person, who left us on June 3, 2007. Nichole, may your smile always shine upon everyone that you touched and loved! We all promise you that we will take care of Mike, and your children for you, especially Maria. Thank you for giving our brother, and brother-in-law, Johnny, your beautiful rainbow while he was in Kosovo during your funeral. We all told him that this was your way of telling him that it was O.K. to say goodbye to you from Kosovo, while the rest of us were there with you, and that this was your way of letting him know how proud you are of him for serving our Country. You will truly be missed. All of our love, Carol, Ron, Nick, Augie, Smokey, your Mom, Sister, Brother, Cousins, Brothers and Sister-in-Laws, Friends, Sister Mary Lou Cassidy, your friends from Saint Patrick's Parish in Stoneham, and everyone that you loved. May you rest in peace and continue smiling upon all of us -- as you always have. Our sincerest love to you. -- P.S.: You would be so proud of Mike and the Kids. They are so strong, and it is all because of you.
I married Rosa and Patrick at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. They had planned on getting married in the future however, unexpectedly, Patrick became very ill in November. As a result, he shared his wish to be married to Rosa before Christmas day 2010. Patrick's wish came true on 12/23/2010, and it was the best gift that I could have ever given to anyone! It was an emotional ceremony, but the fact that Rosa and Patrick's families, and his very caring nurses took part on his wedding day, made it all the more special for him.
I can't praise the nurses enough at Beth Israel! They decorated a room for the ceremony, which included a wedding cake and food. It was so clear to me that these nurses were incredibly caring individuals, to a point where many had tears in their eyes.
Sadly, Patrick passed away on 1/12/2011. Patrick taught me a whole new meaning of giving to someone that did not involve material things or monetary attachments. Not only did I give him his wish, but he gave me a gift that day as well. Patrick, I will miss you!
The one ceremony that I will always hold dear to my heart, is the ceremony of Serge and Nicole Carrier. The Carrier's were united as a couple on December 29, 2007 at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. The couple, who have been together for ten years, got engaged in the Fall of 2007, and set their wedding date for December 29th. Two weeks later, Serge suffered a severe heart attack on the day that his future bride, Nicole, went out with her sister to pick up her wedding dress. Upon arriving home, Nicole found Serge gravely ill. Once at the hospital, they learned that Serge had been stricken with a heart attack and stroke beyond repair. While Serge is able to speak, he is paralyzed on one side and partially paralyzed on the other side, and is being kept alive with an artificial heart, while he waits, and prays, for a heart transplant.
However, this did not stop Serge from wanting his wish for a December 29th wedding. Nicole and Serge were determined to go forward with their plan to marry, and to have their wedding in December. Doctors told Serge that he could not leave the hospital to fulfill his wish; therefore, they gave Nicole and Serge permission to bring their wedding to them, at the hospital, with their guests and all.
I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the officiant to conduct Nicole and Serge's ceremony, and I was not only honored, but I truly believe that I was given an opportunity to give a gift to two very special people. It was also a gift given to me for being asked to be the one to marry them, and to make their dream come true. Serge was determined to keep the original date that was planned for his wedding. He said that he wanted a ring on his finger in the event that he did not make it into the New Year.That was emotionally tough for me to hear. While I held up during the ceremony, I confess to getting a bit teary eyed when Nicole placed the ring on Serge's finger!
Having said that, I hope that every one who reads this Webpage will keep Nicole and Serge in your thoughts. Thank you.
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A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING
Augie Doggie ~ 6/1/1996 - 7/9/2009 ~ Who loves you the most Buddy! We miss you! The most devoted, loveable dog we knew. Our hearts are broken!
Cat Smokey, A.K.A. Princess of Attitude! ~ 7/5/2001 - 10/3/2009 ~ She was a snob (And no, she didn't get this from her Mom!) and the daughter that I never had, but cherished and loved dearly!!!) Dad's heart is broken. You were his princess!
You guys are great! Thank you and much love. Carol
Most Importantly......CONGRATULATIONS BOSTON RED SOX 2004 and 2007 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!! ~ Tito, Thank you and I will miss you! You are one of a kind! A real classy guy!
BOSTON RED SOX FENWAY PARK WEDDING ON THE GREEN MONSTER 9/30/2007 ~ My long awaited dream to officiate a wedding at Fenway Park finally came true during the last game of the Regular 2007 Season against the Minnesota Twins. It took place during the Seventh-Inning Stretch on the Green Monster. Despite a 3-2 loss, it didn't matter. What mattered was that I was able to fulfill a dream for this loving couple, Annette and Larry Rine, from Scanectaty, New York.
BELOW OFFICIATING AT ANOTHER RED SOX, FENWAY PARK, WEDDING CEREMONY ON YAWKEY WAY 6/7/2008 ~ Once again, I was fortunate enough to marry another Boston Red Sox, devoted couple, whos dream to marry at Fenway during a Red Sox game come true! Annette Keen and Steve Davis, of Pennsylvania.
BELOW: MY FIRST FORMAL WEDDING AT FENWAY PARK - 7/19/2008 ~ This was my first formal wedding at Fenway Park, in front of Home Plate. A dream come true! Everything was perfect! A beautiful day, a lovely, lovely couple. Wonderful familyand friends. Very professional wedding planner, extremely friendly staff at Fenway. It was just perfect! Thank you Mai and Adam for giving me this wonderful experience!
BELOW: WEDDING ON THE RIGHT FIELD ROOF BOX AT BOSTON'S FENWAY PARK - 8/10/2008 ~ This lovely couple from Ohio, are huge Red Sox fans. The bride's bouquet was set in a white baseball glove. Their bat was purchased from Pawtucket and had their names and wedding date engraved on it.
Having Fenway Park all to us me, the bride and groom, the wedding party, and their guests, is the most wonderful experience that anyone can ever encounter. Especially if you are a true, die hard, Boston Red Sox fan. It truly isawesome! It also makes you appreciate Fenway Park all the more for it's beauty, and just makes you feel so special. Caroline and Shanes dream was indeed fulfilled! My best to you both!
BELOW: VALENTINE'S DAY WEDDING IN THE GREEN MONSTER SEATS AT FENWAY PARK - 2/14/2010 ~ This sweet couple from Newton, MA love the Boston Red Sox, and would not have exchanged their wedding vows anywhere but at Fenway Park.
BoSox Club BBQ in the Players Club at Fenway Park 9/8/2012
I was invited as a guest speaker at a BoSoxClub BBQ at FenwayPark, to talk about the weddings that I have officiated at Fenway Park, which was hosted by Jenny Dell, NESN’s Red Sox Reporter, thanks to my friend, William Grogan, Lt. Governor-Virginia Of Red Sox Nation. Thank you Stephen Hollingsworth and Bob Marotta, Board Members, and Steve Dukeman, President of the BoSox Club for this very special invitation! The event / BBQ took place inside the Players Club at Fenway Park. Jenny Dell, former Red Sox Reliever, Dick Drago (1975), Paul Epstein (Brother of Theo Epstein), were the main speakers.
It was a lovely event! I truly enjoyed myself! The best was at the end, when I sat at the table with the BoSox Board Members and Mr. Drago. It was so nice to hear his perspective on what it was like when he was with the Red Sox (1975), and how the team was a team, vs. Now. The Red Sox used to go out to dinner and drinks with the media, and never was it posted all over the news. The media respected the players.
Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart! It was fun talking about my experiences about marrying people at Fenway Park! And Dan Rea, Coordinator, Club History and Alumni Relations, don’t forget me! I was serious darn it! I want a job in the front office!
Home of the Gold Glove Awards, Louisville Slugger Awards, MVP Awards, and Cy Young Awards
BELOW: With my hubby of 24 years -- Ron. He won't admit it, but it was "I" who converted him into a baseball fan.! (He is truly a football / Patriots Fan) but does indeed love our SOX!!!
BELOW: With My Favorite Fenway Park Server -- Sean Collins ~ Shaun has been our server in the Pavilion Club for years! He's a great kid and very devoted to Fenway Park.
SPECIAL MEMORIES AT FENWAY PARK
Fenway Park 9/11/2099
Fenway Park Corporate Office ~ Photos of the 2009 Red Sox Team andcabinet where World Series Trophies are kept, in the Corporate Offices at 4 Yawkey Way
BELOW: WHAT NOT TO DO AT FENWAY PARK! This season ticket holder family showed up in the third inning, left in the seventh inning, and read the newspaper the whole time they were at the game!!! Talk about a waste of seats!!! I was so mad! My hubby had to hold me back from asking them why they were even at the game!
BELOW: Andrea and Staff in the Pavilion Club: She goes out of her way for everyone to make sure that they feel comfortable at every game. Thanks Andrea for taking care of my Mom! She adored you!
BELOW:MOM MEETS HER IDOL! #14 ~ JIM RICE!My Mom fullfilled her dream of a lifetime this past Saturday, April 4, 2009, by meeting her hero, newly inducted Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, and former Boston Red Sox Legend, Jim Rice. Not only was she given the honor of spending time with Rice, but she also spent some time with former Red Sox Legends, Dwight Evans and Fred Lynn, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge.
Rice is known for his 382 career home runs, being named the MVP in 1978, and most recently, for his becoming a Hall of Famer. But as an avid Red Sox fan,who attends games often and played baseball herself, known for her switch hitting, Mom's favorite memory of Rice is all of the above, but more importantly for his heroism.
In August of 1982, a 4-year-old boy from New Hampshire, was watching the game from the second row on the first base line, when Red Sox first baseman, Dave Stapleton, hit a foul ball, striking the young boy in the temple. Rice ran from the dugout, picked up the bleeding boy, and raced him to an ambulance outside of Fenway Park, saving the boys life from a skull fracture.
Our family had learned that an event would be held for Rice and other past Red Sox Legends, at the Kowloon in Saugus, MA on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Learning about this, my family contacted the organizer of this event to explain Mom's wish to meet Rice. Not only was it arranged for her to meet her hero, but she was also to be escorted on stage by former Legend, Johnny Pesky, and presented to Rice as his "Ultimate Jim Rice Fan". Unfortunately, at the last minute, this event was canceled due to a scheduling conflict.
However, we soon learned that Mom's dream of meeting Rice would still take place, as it was quickly arranged for her to meet him at a private signing event that was being held at Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge.
Mr. Rice is a perfect gentleman. He treated my Mom like gold! She never stopped talking about him! (Mom passed away in April of 2011).)Thank you Jim for what you did for Mom!
BELOW: With my favorite person to attend Red Sox games with~ My Mom ~ Bernice Person Abbott.
BELOW: BOSTON CELTICS CELEBRATE THEIR VICTORY AT FENWAY PARK ~ I was fortunate to be at the Red Sox game on June 20, 2008, when they celebrated the 2008 NBA World Champions, the Boston Celtics. Paul Pierce threw out the first pitch. We did not win the game, but this in itself, was a very special game!!!
BELOW: MANNY RAMIREZ'S RETURN TO FENWAY PARK 6/18/2010
BELOW:Every Red Sox Season I put myUPSIDE DOWN WALLY AND BOBBLEHEADS, DON AND JERRY in front of the T.V.! (Need to bring our Sox Boys some LUCK!!!)
BELOW: Charles, Mr. Popcorn Man, in the Pavilion Club, has been at Fenway Park FOREVER! Sweetest man who truly loves his job. "Mr. Popcorn!" He is the friendliest face at Fenway Park! His customer service manners just go above and beyond! (Besides you, Sean!) Charles makes the best popcorn too!
BELOW: With my colleague, Lizette Figueiredo, of Monitor Company Group in Cambridge,hosting our firm's
"World Series" Luncheon October 30, 2007
All kidding aside from your knowing my whole life story, knowing that I am a HUGE Boston Red Sox fan, and meeting my family, my husband said to me "Carol, people are going to think that you are a nut when they see this web page." My answer to him was that I want couples to feel comfortable with me. I want them to know the person who is officiating over their ceremony. What you see on my website is my personality. I consider myself to be fun and a very caring person. I love what I do ~ marrying people! Too many times I have seen couples get themselves so stressed out over planning their wedding day~ and my goal is to let them know that there is no need for them to get stressed out. On your special day, your wedding coordinator, officiant, DJ, Photographer, etc. always get together before your ceremony to make sure that we are all on the same page so that you both can relax. That is what you are paying us to do. It is "our job" to make sure that your most precious day of your life goes as you planned. We, as professionals, know this and that is why we are there.
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