The Mom’s Beat: What our fathers taught us

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by Laura Stetser by Laura Stetser


In honor of Father’s Day, The Mom’s Beat turned to our readers to tell us what they have learned from their fathers.  While each explains a different impact that their fathers had on their lives, it is clear that the role of a dad cannot be understated.


“My father Robert Pauls Sr. and mother Mildred were married when they were 16 years old. They were married 49 years before his passing.  They raised five children together.  My father loved his community.  He served many years as president of school board for Egg Harbor Township.  He started the youth organization.  I remember being a little girl and riding with him to watch the Slaybaugh School being constructed.  He was there every single night.  I recently spoke to the former wrestling coach Bruce Crawford and he told me that my father started the entire wrestling program for Egg Harbor Township, how the mats he purchased were the best in the area.  He coached baseball and football.  He led his community with such pride. Right up until he passed he was serving in the Lion's Club and Zoning Committee for Galloway Township. He taught me to serve others, to put community first and to give back to the world.  When I look back, I'm amazed that my parents were able to raise five wonderful children who now serve community in many ways.  We learned that from our parents.  They set the standard."

-Kathleen Marie Walsh, Founder and President of The Parents Loving Children Through Autism Foundation, Scranton Pa.


"My dad William McCullough taught me so many things in life. The most important thing I learned from him is strength. Strength to always continue on no matter how hard life can be. And he taught me how beautiful and complete love makes life.  If you can give love and receive love, whether with friends, family or your companion, you can keep on living, through anything really."

-Mandee McCullough, Brigantine


"My father Joseph Mazzone Sr. taught me many things but perhaps one of the most important was to develop a great work ethic and respect for authority."

-Frank Mazzone


"Growing up I didn't understand why my dad did things the way he did. I didn’t agree with his protectiveness and caution when dealing with people. He passed away 30 years ago. Today I looked in the mirror and saw his eyes looking back at me. I've learned how smart and wise he was. I expect my two kids feel like I did then."

- Paul C. McDermott

Laura Stetser is a full-time reporter and mother of two school-age children. Connect with her via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @TheMomsBeat.

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