the midst of a news cycle filled with reports of middle aged celebrity
suicides, the loss of joyously life affirming little 7 year old Paige Keely last
year was even more poignant.
ribbons and balloons festooned Paige’s house
continued down the Walk
a group of friends, neighbors joined the family in a tribute to Paige’s life.
Memorial Bench donated by Sam and Amy Wood.
were encouraged to personalize shells for Paige’s bench
dispensed colorful bubble blowers to the crowd capturing Paige’s spirit
Dunphy played one of her songs that Paige loved.
grieving Grandmother said that son in law Tom is now her full fledged son
Tina and Tom recalled some of her remarks. “Paige loved this place so much, she
was so full of wonder, collecting beach glass, sand crabs and especially the
playground. When the playground was closed for repairs, Paige observed ‘Daddy,
somebody stole the park’ ”.
is forever a Fire Island child.
released a container of lady bugs, symbol of good luck that Paige loved… “I
hope one of them lands on you”.
bench as it stands today.