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  • The Rev. Robert Sweeney cuts one of the three cakes at his retirement party on July 28.

  • Photos by Ed Bailey Ruthy Burgess, former organist for Holy Rosary created a song for the "Mrs. Sweeney's" performance. The Mrs. Sweeney's are the drivers who have driven for Father Bob over the years, and they all wore red socks like Father Bob frequently does. They each held up a paddle, which had a photo of Father Bob, and they raised it at different times to go with the music. Father Bob was asked to sit in a chair out front where they could sing to him.

On Sunday, July 28, a retirement party was held for the Rev. Robert Sweeney at the Greenwood Lake American Legion. He retired from Holy Rosary Church after 25 years.

There was a large buffet luncheon, attended by 250 people. The Master of Ceremonies was Kevin Donahue.

Father Bob, as he is affectionately called, was presented with numerous gifts and letters of congratulations and proclamations. This included Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, various politicians and Catholic Charities, to name a few.

New Legion Commander Tom Mulcahy presented Father Bob with a special framed portrait and said he hoped that he would continue to be the Legion Chaplain for another 25 years.

At the end of the party, Father Bob cut one of his three cakes.

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