And they certainly were. On a Beautiful Fall morning, hundreds of well wisher and fans turned out to celebrate with Harry Uhlman and thank him for all the wonderful work he has done and still does for so many people. Family, friends and neighbors; all of them big fans of the man who means so much to so many, gathered to congratulate him as the Marine Park Bandstand, as a result of legislation introduced by Senator Nick Collins, was named in his honor.
Former Senator Jack Hart, a long-time friend of Harry’s was the emcee for the event and he led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to him, as Harry turned 86 years old last week. Suffolk Superior Clerk of Court Mike Donovan praised Harry and offered words of support and thanked him and stated how truly honored he was to call Harry a friend. Newly elected State Representative David Beile joined the crowd in thanking Harry for all the good things he does in the neighborhood. Former Mayor and Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn along with Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn also had words of praise for the Harry, while Former Senate President and UMass President Bill Bulger and wife Mary were there to show support and were recognized in the crowd.
Harry himself was his usual happy and humble self, thanking everyone for coming out to help him celebrate this honor, as well as his birthday. He also made special mention of the organization that has always been near and dear to his heart, the South Boston Special Kids and Young Adults, who were proudly in attendance and cheered their cherished friend and supporter on.
The outpouring of love and affection for this great man was heartwarming last Saturday, as South Boston took pleasure and pride in honoring someone who is considered a true neighborhood hero. City Councilor Michael Flaherty probably said it best when he stated that the jewel that is the iconic Marine Park Bandstand is now named for a Gem of a Guy – Harry Uhlman. So true.