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Friday, March 13, 2009

Robert Guskind Funeral - The “Blogfather of Brooklyn”

We gathered at the beautiful historical chapel at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn to remember Bob Guskind (50), the “blogfather” of Brooklyn. Bob’s blog the Gowanus Lounge covers Brooklyn in a way that set the standard for alternative media. You might know him from days at Georgetown University, or from stories in the New York Post, or as a regular voice on WYNC’s Brian Lehrer show. About forty to fifty family members and friends shared their grief and memories. Words like “brilliant”, “compassionate”, “beloved” and “big-hearted” where chosen over and over by others to describe Bob. Everyone also made a point to thank Bob’s mother, and his beloved wife Olivia Kissin for their loving care for and impact on the life of Bob Guskind. The funeral arrangements were made with the help of Doris Amen from Jurek Funeral Home in Park Slope. Friends who spoke included Lockhart Steele from the blog curbed.com, and Neal Peirce, newspaper columnist and a founder of National Journal. Bob’s long-time friends Loye Miller and Marc Farre also shared memories - mostly funny and with great appreciation and poiniency. I ended up officiating at this funeral because Olivia Kissin found me on this web site - and explained that I “looked like someone who would help.” How could I say “no” to that - and anyway, Clergy on Call ministries exists, not just as a business - but also as a ministry. Today proved to be a fulfilling time for that. Olivia, may God bring much healing into your life - and later, much joy again. I know that’s what God would want for you too. (Photo credit by Miss Heather.)


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Clergy on Call ministries was started by Reverend William Britton. Pastor Bill is an ordained minister (clergy) serving as a wedding officiant or wedding minister – helping couples to write their wedding vows and plan their wedding ceremony so that they have “no regrets” on their day of celebration - whether religious ceremonies or civil ceremonies. (Pastor Bill is also available if you’re renewing your marriage vows, or eloping or doing a destination wedding.) Pastor Bill serves couples planning a wedding in the Greater New York area including Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Queens, Brooklyn, New York City (Manhattan), and Westchester County. If you’re thinking of using a Judge for your wedding, or a Justice of the Peace – or if you’re thinking of going to city hall for your wedding – or perhaps you’re working on a last minute wedding plan –in any case, Pastor Bill would love to speak with you. (Pastor Bill is also available for families that have suffered the loss of a loved one and are planning a funeral.)


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