This article, from yesterday’s (Sat) New York Post, may help to give an answer to those who have been wondering what Gerry Adams might do, now that he has handed over the leadership of Sinn Fein to Mary Lou.
To be asked to eulogise someone known as ‘the contractor to the stars’ on the same platform as Martha Stewart at a fancy Hampton’s funeral suggests to me that the bold Gerry is well got amongst New York’s rich and famous.
Don’t be surprised if one day you pick up your paper or read on social media that the one-time IRA Chief of Staff has relocated himself to that part of the world, where no-one mentions Jean McConville or has even heard of Brian Stack – much less Tom Oliver.
Hundreds of friends, family and admirers poured into the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton Friday morning to pay tribute to the 70-year-old “Builder to the Stars,” his wife, Bonnie Bistrian Krupinski, 70, and their 22-year-old grandson, Will Maerov.
Other notable guests included Gerry Adams, former head of Ireland’s Sinn Fein, and professional golfer Ben Crenshaw. The pews filled so quickly that by 10 a.m., mourners were ushered to a nearby parish to watch a live stream of the service, Newsday reported.
The family, along with the pilot, Jon Dollard, 47, were all presumed dead after the Piper PA-31 Navajo plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett about 3:20 p.m. on June 2.
Stewart, 76, dressed in a black embroidered frock, spoke about meeting Krupinski in the early 1990s, a month after buying an old house on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton Village.
“I interviewed seven contractors in one day, then this handsome guy drove up in a pickup truck, not a Mercedes like these other guys,” she said, according to the East Hampton Star.
When asked if it could be restored to her utmost standards, he replied, “ ‘Certainly. No problem.’”
The polite phrase became Stewart’s nickname for the builder.
“That’s what I called him,” she said.
He carried out the project quickly, and under-budget, she recalled.
Bonnie was “the anchor” who was “studious [and] loyal,” said the lifestyle guru.
The builder’s estranged daughter, Laura Krupinski, once accused her father of having an affair with Stewart, allegations he denied.
Adams also spoke at the service.
“Words cannot express the awfulness of what has occurred, so we have to dig deep,” he said. “Ben and Bonnie were warm, happy, decent, generous patriots who never forgot their heritage.”
Musician Rick Davies of the 1970s rock group Supertramp, a friend of the couple, played a piano rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the East Hampton Star reported.
Pallbearers then solemnly carried out the wooden caskets of Ben and Bonnie.
The twin-engine aircraft was discovered Thursday, about 45 feet under water, authorities said.
The bodies of Krupinski and his wife were found by divers June 2 among the wreckage and a third body was found Friday, but East Hampton cops have yet to identify the remains.