Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Belleek Newslettre (# 15.2)



I Received word via E-mail on 10-Mar-11 that a
longtime friend and splendid Belleeker friend of mine
had passed on !! Max was our 9th Honouree, inducted
in 1994 and I remember fondly our touring of Ireland
in 1997, with him keeping the bus entertained with
his Belleek enthusiasm as we toured the lovely
countryside !!

His obituary follows :


Max E. Norman, 86, Overland Park, KS passed away
March 9, 2011. Visitation 10-11 a.m., memorial
service 11 a.m. Sat., April 2, at Mt. Moriah &
Freeman Chapel, 10507 Holmes. Entombment
Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Memorials to Alzheimer's
Association ., 3846 W. 75th St., Prairie Village,
KS 66208.

Published in Kansas City Star on March 13, 2011

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Dave and his lovely devoted wife Philomena, were
our 21st. co-honourees, inducted during our last
Convention in New Jersey !! He will be sadly missed
by all Belleekers !! His obituary follows :

John David Clarke

John David Clarke, 82, died on Friday, April 22,
2011, at University Hospital in Newark, N.J.

Funeral from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd.,
North Arlington, N.J., is on Wednesday, April 27,
at 10 a.m. thence to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church,
North Arlington, for the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, North

The family will receive friends on Monday from 7 to
9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Born in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, Mr.
Clarke lived in Kearny, N.J., for the past 58 years.
He worked as a supervisor for the Anheuser Busch
Company in Newark for 25 years before retiring in
1989. Mr. Clarke served in the United States Army
during the Korean War.

He was the beloved husband for 58 years of Philomena
( nee O'Grady); the devoted father of John Clarke,
Joseph Clarke and his wife, Anne, Brendan Clarke
and his wife, Catherine, and Patrick Clarke and his
wife, Kristen; the cherished grandfather of Joseph,
Timothy, Michael and David Clarke, and dear brother
of Mary Warren, Anthony Clarke and the late Vincent

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate
donations made to the Sisters of St. Joseph,
9701 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118.


From my latest Newslettre, I receive the following
from our illustrious leader Angela regarding the
history of Saint Valentine :

“Hi Del, “As always its lovely to read your news letter.

“I suppose you already know that St. Valentine is
buried in Dublin at the Carmelite Convent.

“See the link below.”


THANK you SO MUCH Angela !!



The Windy City Chapter is very excited to host the
next convention and is very busy with the plans !!

Chicago lost the Olympic bid but we DID gained the
next BCIS convention! Please join us for a fun filled
convention where we talk about, shop for, auction off,
and share information regarding our favorite obsession,

2011 Chicago Convention !!

CHICAGO, 15th thru 18th SEPTEMBER, 2011 !!

For COMPLETE information, please Click the following
Link to obtain Printable Forms for your Registration !!

Complete 2011 Chicago Convention Information and Forms !!

Remember, transportation and lodging is in the
current headset of INCREASING rates as space
becomes a premium !! So, book AS EARLY as you
can to keep your rates reasonable !!

Remember, most honest carriers will offer you a
matching rate, if your reservation drops in price !!
Discuss this event with them !!



O.K., O.K. I’m falling apart !!

I’ve had a pair of shoulder replacements and a
cancerous cyst removed from my forehead in the
last twelve months, among other gross medical
necessities !!

In reverse order (??) :

As to my Carcinoma surgery, I had requested the
Frankenstein operation to include insertion of neck
electrodes, but my doctor was out of the implants so
I was forced to elect the simple yet impressive
Mariska Hargitay forehead scar !!  The lab biopsy,
just today, confirmed EVERYTHING, i.e., ALL the
cancer was removed successfully !!

I’m back for my 12 week Left Shoulder Replacement
inspection next week and everything is looking good,
but I (personally) don’t feel that it’s healing up as
‘fast’ as my Right Shoulder !!

Upon return from our Convention, YES, I’ll be there,
probably in a sling partially (??), but there, I’ll be
going in for my ONE YEAR check on my Right Shoulder
Replacement !! I’ve recuperated to a fine Cricket
Wicket Pitch, but lacking speed our local league wants
nothing of me ??

NOW, the Shoulder Replacement Cups are (Cobalt)
CHROME, so don’t bother to pack along your magnets
JUST to see if they’ll stick as I DON’T think they
will ??!! THANKS !!


While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist
capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of
alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft.

Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore,
the tourist shouted, "Are there any gators around

"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain't been
around for years!"

"Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely
toward the shore.

About halfway there he asked the guy,

"How'd you get rid of the gators?"

"We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said.
"The sharks got 'em."


One summer evening, during a violent thunderstorm,
a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She
was about to turn off the light when he asked with
a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with
me tonight?"

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.
"I can't dear," she said, "I have to sleep with Daddy."

A long silence was broken at last by a shaken little
voice saying, "The big sissy."


From some very good friends down under in New
Zealand and wonderful Belleekers, I have received
the following updated interpretation of the verbiage
I presented from a postcard I have in my collection :

“Hi Del, “My interpretation, is as follows:

Sir/ please add to order the following
6 only (1doz crossed out) tall shamrock
tdn (tumblers) w (with) saucers at 8/
1 doz creams
1 doz sugars

G. Watson

Top left hand corner of post card stamped with :

On the way to the Cathedral
Ellie Walsh's
Irish Hobelth House
King St

“I looked up the address on googlemaps.uk and found
that Queenstown has changed its name to Cobh and
is part of the harbour of Cork. West Beach Street
is still there and if you look through the images I
found the same houses as on the post card. The what
looks like a tall clock tower up the hill on the post
card is part of the Cathedral.

“So it appears Ellie ran a hotel/boarding house on
then called King Street now called King Terrace.

“The post mark will be Queenstown 1906. You can
only make out the top of the S all of TO and what
looks like part of a N too much space to be TON so
must be TOWN.

“All my detective work for now. Margaret”

And THANKS to our Margaret for her painstaking
research of another fascinating Belleek topic !!  For
your edification, your editor has re-inserted both of
my postcard images for your viewing !!

Beautiful Scenic Postcard Art !!

                Here's a BEAUTIFULLY hand decorated
                      pastel coloured photograph of
                    West Beach Queenstown Co. Cork,
                  c1906 (from reminants of postmark) !!

Postcard Verbiage !! 

                ACTUAL Post Card, Addressed ONLY to :
                        Manager Belleek Pottery,
                        Fermangh (sp), Ireland !!


For those of you I've 'lost contact' with, if you
WERE receiving my Newslettre and have NOT
received one in a bit, it's MOST probably due to a
Change in YOUR E-mail ID !! Post me, i.e., E-mail,
your current ID and I'll get you back on my list !!

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receive an E-mail notification of this Newslettre,
PLEASE just drop me an E-mail and I’ll be sure to
get you BACK onto my Circulation list !! THANKS !!

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would LIKE to be in on my Mailing List, ALL you need
do is to drop me a SHORT note indicating 'that you
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receiving upcoming Newslettre notifications !!

Del E. Domke, Belleek Consultant
16142 N.E. 15th. Street

Bellevue,  WA    98008-2711

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