When Daisy Dwyer was born in Newport Hospital on October 13, 1912, America was a much different country. Women didn’t have the right to vote, the income tax had yet to be implemented, the United States only consisted of 48 states and television was still 15 years away. 1912 is the year that Fenway Park was built, the RMS Titanic sank and William Howard Taft was President of the United States.
Daisy was raised between Newport, RI and Boston, MA as a child and graduated from Rogers High School in 1931 before continuing on to the Tefft Business School in Providence. Daisy then returned to Newport and worked for many years at the Leys Century Store and at the Newport National/Old Colony Bank.
In 1940, Daisy married her husband Phillip and they moved to Harrison Avenue in 1947. Daisy and Phil were married for over 65 years and had four daughters Joan Bernard, Natalie Huppee, Elizabeth Grauer, Dorothy Berube, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild!
In 1952, Daisy and Phil were among the founding members of Gooseberry Beach (including my great grandfather Luke Curran) and was a pillar of the beach for decades and decades.
In recognition of all her accomplishments, Mayor Harry Winthrop officially proclaimed October 13, 2017 as “Daisy Dwyer Day” in Newport, RI and calls upon all citizens to join with him to extend congratulations on Daisy’s 105th birthday and to offer sincere best wishes for much laughter and good health.
Happy Birthday, Daisy!