Every year the Rotary Club spends a day scraping, painting, cleaning and landscaping around the Anthony Gentile Bandstand to ready it for the tourist and wedding seasons as well as the summer concert series. One of Greg Bover’s jobs as the club member most comfortable with working up high is to go up on the roof to the cupola to spruce it up and change the light bulb. He learned to do this job from the late Herb Goodick, and remembers his dedication to citizenship, “service above self” and his deep love of Gloucester every time he climbs up there.
A few years ago Greg noticed that the cool one-of-a-kind weathervane with its two homies was not turning and took it down for repairs. Only then after cleaning it did he realize that it was a memorial to Yvette Suzanne York. She was a young woman who died of leukemia some years back, and her family gave this nicely conceived piece of work for this windy spot.
The copper birds both have inlaid glass eyes and the lighthouse has a little mirror where the light would be, it shines out if you see it from just the right angle. Greg would love to know who made it, if anyone knows.
It has now been greased and is ready for another year’s service.
This is an update to this post I wrote in May 2012. Following is the story by Linda York-Robbins, Yvette’s mother, who desiged the weathervane that Greg was repairing: