People Who Died

Ted Berrigan

Pat Dugan...my grandfather...throat cancer...1947

Ed Berrigan...my dad...heart attack...1958

Dickie Budlong...my best friend Brucie’s big brother, when we were
five to eight...killed in Korea, 1953

Red O’Sullivan...hockey star & cross-country runner
who sat at my lunch table in High School...car crash...1954

Jimmy “Wah” Tiernan...my friend, in High School,
Football & Hockey All-State...car crash...1959

Cisco Houston...died of cancer...1961

Freddy Herko, dancer...jumped out of a Greenwich Village window in 1963

Anne Kepler...my girl...killed by smoke-poisoning while playing
the flute at the Yonkers Children’s Hospital
during a fire set by a 16 year old arsonist...1965

Frank...Frank O’Hara...hit by a car on Fire Island, 1966

Woody Guthrie...dead of Huntington’s Chorea in 1968

Neal...Neal Cassady...died of exposure, sleeping all night
in the rain by the RR tracks of Mexico...1969

Franny Winston...just a girl...totalled her car on the Detroit-Ann Arbor
Freeway, returning from the dentist...Sept. 1969

Jack...Jack Kerouac...died of drink & angry sickness...in 1969

My friends whose deaths have slowed my heart stay with me now
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