Remembering J. Joseph Garrahy

I was so sorry to hear about J. Joseph Garrahy’s death today. He was the former Governor of Rhode Island. Back in 1977, when I was 10, I won an art contest and got to meet him at the State House. It was a big moment for Little Me. It was one of the first times that art had made things happen for me, if you know what I mean.

Then, the next year, Garrahy was the hero of the Blizzard of ’78! Everyone here remembers him as the guy in the plaid shirt and the “take charge” demeanor that helped us all dig out of the mountains of snow and problems.

I drew this portrait of him in 1982. He was Governor from ’77-85.

(NOT a great portrait, but then, I never was a realist!)

I had met him again in recent years, and he was still a smart, friendly and excellent guy.

He will be missed. Perhaps he will be hanging out with Salty now, sharing a heavenly Del’s, and looking over Little Rhody!

2 comments on “Remembering J. Joseph Garrahy

  • on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm, Cheryl said:

    What a fascinating connection, Liz…. portrait and all. I remember that blizzard, and his plaid shirt, warmly. I think he was very well liked and respected. Love the image with Salty. We can use someone looking over Little Rhody. Thanks for sharing.

  • on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm, ChatRabbit » Blizzards, Then and Now. said:

    […] check out the kid’s menu. Go ahead, just ask for one. Here’s a peek at the inside. J. Joseph Garrahy, the Governor of RI at the time, appears inside since he was the one who had to deal with the […]

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