RIP FRIEND AND FELLOW CABBIE
This week, a good friend and fellow cab driver passed away. Kevin Fitzpatrick was a dedicated union organizer, who devoted much of his life to working with the Taxi
Workers Alliance. At his funeral, two yellow cabs followed behind the hearse, and his pallbearers were fellow cab drivers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Jamaica. The funeral mass was held in St. Sebastian's Roman Catholic Church in Woodside, Queens, a predominately Irish-American neighborhood. Kevin would have appreciated that his funeral mass was presided over by a priest from Lahore, Pakistan. The church was full of Kevin's friends and fellow cabdrivers, representing many faiths, including Hindu and Muslim. The memorial services, with such a blend of traditions, faiths and race, was a true New York experience, and a reflection of Kevin's life. He will be missed - but you can still hear his voice, but clicking on the links below. Kevin needs not worry - I have it on good authority that there are no TLC members in heaven to bother or fine him.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OBIT 6-5-07
FITZPATRICK-Kevin Michael. Of Brooklyn. On June 4, 2007. After a lengthy illness from cancer. Kevin is survived by his brother Sean and family in Alexandria, VA., many cousins, and innumerable friends, especially fellow members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, where he worked to bring economic justice to NYC Taxi workers. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday, 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. at the KENNEDY-ROTH FUNERAL HOME, 41-45 58th St., Woodside, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 10:30 A.M. at the St. Sebastian R.C. Church located at Roosevelt Ave. and 58th St., Woodside, NY. Interment will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in solidarity to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, 37 E. 28th St., Suite 302, New York, NY 10016.
You can listen Kevin MC a fundraiser for the Taxi Workers Alliance at Rocky Sullivan's in Manhattan last Aug 07
This is the tribute show for Kevin on WBAI 99.5 New York. Go to
and scroll down to Radio Free Eireann 6-9-07 and listen