I could not let today, June 15, go by without mentioning Mr. Edward Parrot. He died on this day five years ago at the age of 50.
I had known him since 1975. He was a marvelous Catholic, and a perfect gentleman. He was a model member of TFP-America Needs Fatima.
I tried to find a copy of our previous tribute to him, but could not do so.
In its place I am posting a simple story written by one of the boys from Saint Louis de Montfort Academy, a TFP run institution, at which Mr. Parrot taught for several years.
It's about another person who helped the Academy, and not directly related to Mr. Parrot but mentions him in passing.
A Different Kind of Fish Story
by Bernard Slobodnik
"That sounds like a fish story to me! Now, go fish!" The boys play a game of cards in front of the fish tanks.
No, it isn’t your ordinary “fisherman’s tale.” Here at the Academy we have two beautiful saltwater fish tanks in our main room, both of which serve to lighten our spirits. There is a calmness and beauty about them that affects the soul.
It had been roughly three months since the death of our dear Mr. Edward Parrot, who for years had faithfully taken such care of these tanks. One of our instructors was a little concerned that the tanks were not being properly maintained. Mindful of the good that they do—yes, even calming us energetic boys—and the many conversations we have sitting in front of the tanks, he did not want them deactivated.
No one at the Academy knew enough about the tanks to keep them functional, so he decided to seek a professional. Coming across an ad of Thomas Dipasquale, who has a business called “Aquarium Management Systems,” our instructor called him to see if he would consider lending his expertise. After taking a look at the tanks, cleaning quite a few things and giving an estimate for regular maintenance, Mr. Dipasquale praised Mr. Parrot’s delightful selection of fish and his ability to upkeep the tanks on a “shoe-string” budget. He then left. The staff discussed the cost and concluded that we could not afford it for very long.
Mr. Dipasquale shows how he cleans the aquariums.
Mr. Dipasquale returned another day to do a water change. Our budget-control officer informed him that the Academy could not afford the cost of future visits, and asked if he could do the work for a receipt of donation. Mr. Dipasquale kindly agreed. We boys were elated.
Since then, Mr. Dipasquale visits the Academy every five weeks, spending one or two hours doing water changes, cleaning the filters and other parts of the system as well as adding live coral and other enhancements. We are most grateful for his kindness in picking up where Mr. Parrot left off. One day, he even brought a pile of suits for us boys.
Our Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma veliferum)
It is because of supporters like Mr. Dipasquale and you, dear reader, that our Academy continues. Thank you so much! We never forget you in our prayers!