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Postby greeney2 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:01 pm

This caught my eye--but it has a special part to the story to me and Capicorn. Capicorn and I are from the same neighborhood where I grew up. Capricorn if you read the story, St. Joesephs Collegient institute was the school at the end of my block on Deumaunt Terrace. I am about 99% sure I recognized it in a scene shot in the movie Buffalo 66, which I'm sure was in the background of a parked car scene, on Wilton Place.

Pretty amazing story of the 2 twin brothers, but also for me, the connection to my old home town.

NY-born twin friars die on same day at age 92
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EmailPrint.. AP – This May 2003 photo provided by St. Bonaventure University shows Adrian, left, and Julian Riester, identical … .By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press – Fri Jun 3, 9:39 pm ET
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Identical twins Julian and Adrian Riester were born seconds apart 92 years ago. They died hours apart this week. The Buffalo-born brothers were also brothers in the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor. Professed friars for 65 years, they spent much of that time working together at St. Bonaventure University, doing carpentry work, gardening and driving visitors to and from the airport and around town.

"It was fun to see them, just quiet, gentle souls," Yvonne Peace, who worked at the St. Bonaventure Friary for nearly 21 years, said Friday.

They died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., Brother Julian in the morning and Brother Adrian in the evening.

Both died of heart failure, said Father James Toal, guardian of St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, where the inseparable twins lived since moving from western New York in 2008.

"It really is almost a poetic ending to the remarkable story of their lives," St. Bonaventure spokesman Tom Missel said. "Stunning when you hear it, but hardly surprising given that they did almost everything together."

Julian and Adrian Riester were born Jerome and Irving on March 27, 1919, to a couple who already had five daughters. They took the names of saints upon their ordination in the Catholic church.

"Dad was a doctor and he said a prayer for a boy," Adrian once said, according to St. Bonaventure. "The Lord fooled him and sent two."

After attending St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, the brothers were turned away by the military because of their eyesight, the university said. One had a bad left eye, the other a bad right eye.Eventually they joined the friars of Holy Name Province in New York City. They received separate assignments before reuniting at the seminary at St. Bonaventure from 1951 to 1956. After serving parishes in Buffalo for 17 years, they returned to St. Bonaventure in 1973 and spent the next 35 years there.

They had separate rooms in the friary but one telephone extension that rang into both, Peace recalled. It was usually the more talkative Adrian who answered, though Julian possessed a quiet authority. They never said who was born first.

"Brother Julian was like the big brother. Brother Adrian would defer to him," Peace said. "They picked up one of our friars at the airport one time and the friar said, `Can I take you to dinner?'

"Brother Adrian looked at Brother Julian and said, `We aren't going to dinner?' `No, we'll go home,'" Peace said. "So that was it. No discussion, no contradicting. `No, we aren't going today.'"

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church in St. Petersburg. Afterward, the brothers' bodies will be flown to Buffalo and buried Wednesday at St. Bonaventure Cemetery, across the street from the university.
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Postby bionic » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:43 pm

That was a cool story.
Bless them.
My H has a thing for Buffalo 66, probably for the same reason you do..by which I mean, THE BILLS.
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we lived in Blasdell, right down the street from the stadium for a bit..H is from West Seneca, fyi
all his family still back there..we are over due for a visit
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Postby greeney2 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:30 am

If your Husband remebers where St. Joesphs was in Buffalo on Kenmore Ave, my street ended against that football field which was the backside of the school. When I saw that scene in Buffalo 66 Bionic, it was like a photograph in my mind from the 50's, which i said, "I've seen that before". The clincher was looking up on a map and remembering Wilton Place was a odd divided street with a island in the middle which showed on the movie. We use to hop the fence and play ball on thier field, which they would chase us off if they caught us. Ask your Husband if the Covin Theater was still around when he was in Buffalo. It was at Colvin and Kenmore Ave.
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Postby capricorn » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:32 pm

Very cool, thanks greeney. I saw this article the other day but didn't bother much to read it. I have a couple friends who attended St. Joes.
Thats funny you have been mentioning the movie buffalo 66, I haven't even seen it! :oops: It it worth watching?
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Postby greeney2 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:19 pm

The movie is terrible Capicorn, I was just engrossed in watching becasue of the familar Buffalo scenes. I seached and you can get it if you have Netflix. I swear, one scene was filmed as they parked on Wilton Place doing a car talking scene, and the divided street and the school in the background had to be St. Joes as you looked from the backside over the gym fields.
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Postby bionic » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:08 pm

it's a disturbing movie, that's for sure
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Postby capricorn » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:43 am

ok, ill have to check it out some time as terrible as it sounds.
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Postby bionic » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:10 pm

Love conquers all in the end..kinda like Fight Club..dark disturbing, but still..ah..the love
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