Last Sleigh Rides

Santa Joe 

 

LEFFER, Joe


Santa Joe was also known as “Mr. Tricky” and “Professor Stumbledorf.”

An internationally recognized magician, he was a master illusionist, developer of magic tricks, the founding member of the Kidabra magician’s association, and owned a magic shop in Ohio. Always an entertainer, he renamed his funeral to “Fun-eral” and sponsored a party at a local steak house for the occasion. Four Santas were present at his “Fun-eral,” where his fellow magicians broke his “magic wand” in recognition that the magic is in the man, not in the stick.


Departed September 30, 2012

Santa Ben


TANKERSLEY, Ben


In the summer of 2013, at the age of 94, Santa Ben was recognized as “the oldest living Triangle Santa Buddy.” He recited and pledged the Santa Oath, sang the TSB anthem, “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Thereafter, every hospice visit with Santa AL was a TSB meeting.


He had done Santa work and voicing in northern California before moving to North Carolina for terminal health care.


Departed September 24, 2013

Santa Mark

 

CURRIN, Mark


Santa Mark was an active Triangle Santa Buddy for several years. Challenged by debilitating diabetes, he continued to do Santa work. A year before his last sleigh ride he received recognition from one of his churches for 30 years of service as Santa to the church. His positive outlook and twinkling eyes informed his Santa character. His craftsman’s skill was reflected in his dental prosthetics business and in his fine furniture.


Thank you, Santa Mark, for sharing the spirit of Christmas through the presence of Santa Claus.


Departed June 28, 2014

Last Sleigh Ride

by Santa Nelson Burke


I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below,

The tiny lights like heaven’s stars reflecting on the snow.


The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear,

For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.


I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,

But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir we have up here.


I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring,

Words beyond description, to hear the angels sing.


Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be,

A resting place along the road to sweet eternity.


We all have different journeys, different paths along the way,

We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay.


Our destination is a place far greater than we know,

For some the journey’s quicker, for some the journey’s slow.


And when the journey finally ends, we will claim a great reward,

And find the everlasting peace, together with the Lord.


So remember me as Santa and wipe away that tear,

But remember that I am spending my Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.


Santa Pete


LEARY, Pete (Paul) 


Santa Pete joined the Triangle Santa Buddies in 2011. His other character was the Leprechaun in Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A printer by trade he was a singer, story teller, song writer, guitarist, musician produced 3 albums of original music. Founder & leader of Democratic Men’s Group of Raleigh. Lead conferences, programs and activities of Unitarian Universalism including the rebuilding of Shelter Neck Unitarian Universalist Camp in Pender County, NC after the 1999 hurricane and flood. He was a regular at O’Malley’s Irish Pub.


Departed December 23, 2014

Santa Mike


FORBES, Mike 


A chef, restauranteur, grandfather, Knight of Columbus, and a professional Santa Claus, Santa Mike joined TSB in 2013. His Santa philosophy is reflected in some of his sayings, “Christmas is a state of mind, enjoy it.” “No distance is too far to make you smile.” “Bringing joy to others is a way of life.” Santa Mike brings, “Holiday cheer to the young and less young.”


Departed March 2, 2015

Santa Weaver 


WEAVER, Howard


Santa Howard Weaver was a long time member of the Triangle Santa Buddies. As a carpenter he built his own sleigh and a couple of plywood reindeer for his Santa set at the Lowes Grocery store at Chatham Crossing. He was Pittsboro’s Parade Santa in his red pickup truck and did other special events. A beloved Boy Scout leader for Brown’s Chapel UMC Pittsboro, his kindness, care, compassion, joy, hope and delight in life was the Santa Spirit he shared with children of all ages.


Departed January 13, 2015

Santa Rick


MCLEAN, Rick

507 Wildwood Dr.

Durham, NC 27712

919/638-4605

jollyoldelfsanta@yahoo.com


Santa Rick recently joined the Triangle Santa Buddies. However he has been doing Santa work for over 30 years having started as a young man. His sports interest and knowledge have him being Santa to professional clubs, teams and corporate boards all along the East Coast.


Santa Rick departed on Sep 19, 2016.