Stephen Patrick Driscoll:
Dream for His Parents
When his parents' Bronx neighborhood began to change
for the worse, Stephen Patrick Driscoll decided to help
them realize their dream of owning a house near a lake.
"He was so anxious to get them moved out of their
neighborhood," said Gail Silke, Mr. Driscoll's sister,
who helped manage the renovations at their parents' new
home in Carmel, N.Y. "His goal was to put them somewhere
they always wanted to be."
For months, Mr. Driscoll wrangled with contractors and
fussed over details to make sure the house, which sits
beside Lake Carmel, was perfect. Every night after he
left his job with the New York City Police Department's
Emergency Services unit, Mr. Driscoll, 38, stopped by his
parent's apartment and picked up a box of their
belongings. He also secretly restored his 1987 Chevrolet
Celebrity so his father would have something to drive
once he moved to the suburbs.
On Oct. 13, Mr. Driscoll's parents finally moved into
their three-bedroom ranch-style house. That night,
Patrick J. Driscoll, Stephen's father, wrote a note for
his son and taped it to the front door. It read "Stephen,
we finally made it. Love, Mom and Dad."
"I just wanted to let him know that we were here," the
elder Mr. Driscoll said. The next morning, the masking
tape was still on the door. The note had disappeared.