19 February 2009

A "bright light," an "angel of courage"

Sean's sister, Sheila Rooney, has written a warm and poignant tribute to the love between her brother and Beverly in the Buffalo News. The headline reads: "Beverly's bright light will be sorely missed." Rooney wrote that the phrase "'Sean and Beverly' had been part of our lexicon for so long that for our families, it was just one entity. Now it seems that, again, our families must endure a tremendous loss."

The first recipient of the Sean Rooney Scholarship which Beverly had established in 2002 was Remy Uwilingiyimana. He recently sent a message to friends and family of Beverly, describing how much she meant to him. He wrote that receiving the scholarship, which enabled him to attend Canisius High School, "was a life changing opportunity." He added that Beverly had continued to be involved with his life, attending his graduation and helping in other matters. "She was an angel of courage and a true inspiration," he added. Remy is junior at Boston College studying international business.

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