Our community has sustained two tragic losses: Roger Fatse of New York, and Tom Caciavelly of St. Louis. Both were members of the Society Farsarotul — and both were successful professionals who died before their time. Tom Caciavelly’s life is described in the article about the St. Louis community in this issue of the Newsletter. Roger Fatse was a stylist for “Hair” in Scarsdale, New York — and a dear friend of this Editor since my childhood. I always looked up to Roger, and he was a wonderful role model. He was the perfect example of how to blend the two worlds to which we belonged: on the one hand, he was hip and American; but on the other hand, he always kept his ties to his family and community. He was one of the warmest and kindest human beings I have known, and his passing was a sad, sad event, especially for Roger’s parents, Victoria and Cleo Fatse, who also lost a daughter, Florence — Roger’s sister — just a few years ago. On behalf of all the members of the Society Farsarotul, I extend my heartfelt condolences to teta Victoria and lali Cleo, as well as to Margie, the surviving sister of Tom Caciavelly. Dumnidza s’la liearta.
We were shocked also to learn of the sudden passing of Mr. Nicu Caranica of Paris, who had come to the United States to participate in the Fourth Congress of Macedonian-Romanian Culture, held recently at Sacred Heart University. Mr. Caranica was apparently stricken with a heart attack in the course of the Congress, casting an unfortunate pall of tragedy over that event. We extend our sympathy to Mr. Caranica’s family, and to Dr. Tiberiu Cunia and all the rest of Mr. Caranica’s close friends in America. Memory eternal.
We welcome with great pleasure the following new members: Mark C. Temple of Ashland, Virginia; and Michael T. Rossiaky of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
You may have noticed that we have a new address for all correspondence: The Society Farsarotul, 799 Silver Lane, P.O. Box 753, Trumbull, CT 06611. Our files and library have been moved to a gorgeous new office at that address, donated by the law firm of Owens, Schine, Nicola & Donohue. On behalf of the members of the Society, I thank that firm and one of its principals, Bob Nicola, for their generosity and thoughtfulness.
A collection of beautiful poems written in Aromanian by George Perdichi (1913-1966) was published by the Society Perivolea of New York City and released this past June. Perdichi was born in Perivole, in the Macedonian region of Greece. He graduated from the Romanian high school of Grevena in 1934 and studied literature at the University of Bucharest. After World War II, he earned his Ph.D. at Genoa, Italy. He came to America in the 1950s, always on the move from Texas to Astoria, N.Y., to Bridgeport, Connecticut, and back to Astoria, where he died in 1966. The Society Farsarotul was pleased to have donated some of the funds for the publication of this volume of Perdichi’s poetry, which is available free of charge from the Society Perivolea, c/o Evdochia Mihai, 23-11 33rd Street, Astoria, N.Y. 11105. Donations to the Society Perivolea to help defray the cost of publication and postage are welcome. The book is also available through the Society Farsarotul on the same basis (donations accepted). Those who prefer to order through the Society should also take note of the fact that another book of poetry in our language, Farsherotsii, by Constantin Colimitra, is also available from us for a limited time at a cost of $15. See the other pages of this Newsletter for a listing of other books offered by the Society.
Please hold the following dates: Sunday, November 17, 1991, for the Society’s General Meeting; and June 13, 1992 for our next Gala Dinner-Dance, to be held this time at Fairfield University. More details will follow in the February 1992 Newsletter.
We were sad to see a headline not long ago stating that the current economic downturn had also hit the well-known Tamposi family of New Hampshire, leading some of its members to file for bankruptcy. But they come from a long line of survivors — and we know they’ll bounce back.
We have opened up a separate new bank account entitled, “Society Farsarotul Building Fund,” into which we will be depositing funds in order to create a lasting monument to our presence and contribution in the United States of America. We envision a modest museum, library, and research/ information center — but we will only be able to do this with your support. The initial deposit to this account in the sum of $500. represented the death benefit for Mr. George Gecca, which was signed over to the Society by Polly Boker, Mr. Gecca’s closest relative by marriage, who held his Power of Attorney. Many others have already signed over their death benefits to this account, and you can, too. You can also donate books, clothing, photographs, and other memorabilia that might find a home in this new building when it finally arrives. Please contact Bob Nicola at our address for details.