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A daughter reflects on losing her father

“I have so many more questions to ask him.” Mary Claire Whelan’s father Bob died in 2019, after struggling with addiction; he was 62 years old. In this interview with her mother, Terry Suganski, Mary Claire talks about what made her father so special and what it was like to witness his struggle.


Hear the full interview on StoryCorps. This conversation was recorded in 2021.

For more, visit ctpublic.org/storycorpsct.

Meg Fitzgerald is the senior project manager for Radio and Storytelling Originals. She works with Connecticut Public's senior director and talk show producers to ensure our audio stories are represented digitally. She helps strategize digital audience growth with other departments for our radio programs and podcasts. Meg also helps to manage and co-produce special projects like StoryCorps CT, NautiWeek, Where Art Thou?, and other programs produced by our storytelling unit.
J studied documentary radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, in Portland, Maine, and returned to his home state of Connecticut to intern with the production team at Connecticut Public. After that, he stuck around.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.