KENNETT SQUARE – America unites on Sunday to celebrate the strength, love and heroism of fathers.
“To me, being a father means doing everything you can to ensure that your children are well-being and that you make sure they learn from you and become better people through you,” Kennett Square Police Department Chief William Holdsworth said.
On Sunday, the police chief will spend Father’s Day with his father and father-in-law. “I’m going to take a moment to appreciate everything they’ve done for their families,” he said.
Longwood Fire Co. chief AJ McCarthy of Kennett Square plans to spend the day with his two children and visit his parents.
“[Father’s Day]means I have a great responsibility to teach my kids how to be a good person,” he said. “That means I have to provide security and comfort for my family. Most importantly, it reminds me that I have people who count on me to be there every day.”
Fathers across Chester County are reflecting on the role of fatherhood this Sunday.
“Being a ‘father’ means taking care of your family and supporting them with every being of your soul. Make sure your kids are as safe as possible and teach them how to grow up to be responsible adults and a pillar of their community,” said Victor Shawkey Heness Sr. “I lost my father on New Year’s Eve 2021 and it was devastating. This will be my first Father’s Day without him.”
Heness grew up in Upper Darby, Delaware County. He has since relocated to Chester County where he lives in Avondale and works as a real estate agent at Tesla Realty Group LLC.
Heness is scheduled to visit his father’s grave on Sunday morning. In the afternoon he helps coach a soccer camp affiliated with the Wildcat organization. Then Heness will go to St.Anthony’s Italian Festival with his family.
“Hug and love your children every day,” Heness said.
“This year my wife Nancy, son Oram and daughter Averell will be with me when I play polo with other fathers at Brandywine Polo Club,” said Unionville’s Crosby Wood.
“My father inspired me to play polo at a young age and I have enjoyed it for years.”
“He also instilled in me a passion for working to preserve space,” Wood said.
Wood is the Managing Director of New Heritage Properties.
In celebration of this year’s Father’s Day, Sherwood Robbins, Managing Director of Seedcopa in Exton, received family tickets to Kenny Chesney’s concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday. Robbins remarked before the show that the event would be really special since it had been so long since his family had seen a live performance together.
“Then I’m going to visit my dad in Schuylkill County on Sunday,” Robbins said.
“To me, the title ‘father’ means legacy and the opportunity to pass everything I’ve been taught on to my daughters,” said Robbins. “I would love to see my daughters continue to benefit from the knowledge and wisdom I received from my grandfathers and father and hopefully that will be passed on as the family grows.”
Exton-based Ken LaRosaa, partner at Lexington Custom Homes, recently became a grandfather.
“My greatest honor and joy is to be a father to four adult children, and this year my wife, Kathy, and I have been blessed with twin granddaughters – hopefully more to come,” LaRosa said.
“Now the children are spread across the region, but I always enjoy spending Father’s Day with at least one of our children. This year I will be spending time with our son Scott who has autism and we will be working on home projects together.”
Phyllis Recca, a Chester County resident, said she misses her father, John Recca.
“Unfortunately, my father passed away in 2003,” said Recca, who lives in Kennett Square. “It would have been wonderful if he had been here to celebrate on Sunday.”
Matthew Stull of Warwick, Maryland plans to spend Father’s Day outside with family, playing games, cooking and smiling.
He is the President of Leap of Faith Security and the company provides services to businesses throughout Chester County.
“To me ‘Father’ means provider, protector, guide, teacher, friend, counselor, listener, humble servant, and attempting to lead by example,” Stull said.
Carlton Avery II, owner of the KSQ Barber Lounge, grew up in Kennett Square. Avery now resides in New Castle, Delaware.
That Father’s Day, Avery said, “After church, we’re going to take my dad and his fiancee to dinner.”
To Avery, the title “Father” means “my first teacher, leader, coach, mentor, advisor, protector.” The list goes on. My dad went out of his way to give me every opportunity he didn’t have as a kid,” Avery mused.
“I am grateful that as a child and even in my 30s I never had to look for my father. With every achievement in life, he was always with me,” Avery said.
Thorndale resident Bruce Kirk is a sales strategist, speaker and implementation coach at Competitive Edge Selling.
On Sunday he starts his day with worship and Bible study, after which he watches the film Top Gun Maverick, provided to him by his daughter Brianna and new son-in-law Matt, and ends with dinner alongside his wife Susanne.
A “father” is an encourager, mentor, guide, teacher, confidante, cheerleader, “tough love” implementer, and role model, Kirk noted.
“Fatherhood is a solemn responsibility, a true school of hard beating, an exhilarating ride and an incredible joy,” Kirk said.