Marriage is a special time in a couple’s life. It is the point when after a period of dating, the couple realize that they found the person that they want to spend the rest of their lives with, and raise a family with, and have a home together. It is not a long term date. It is a bond between two people who feel a connection that is unbreakable.
Any kind of problems that will arise will test the pair, but the pair are expected to work it out between them. A marriage is an equal partnership as well, as both partners are to love, and respect each other equally “in sickness and in health, till death do us part.” Too many marriages sadly end in divorce. Some end within a year, but that is not for me to judge. Many last decades, till indeed “death did them part,” as my parents did. My parents just missed the 26th anniversary in June 1986 when my dad passed in May of that year.
Robert Kraft, as most NFL fans know, bought the New England Patriots in 1994. He was a fan since 1971. Kraft is also the Chairman of the Kraft Group. He has holdings in the New England Revolution Soccer Team and Gillette Stadium. Kraft built the Stadium with NO taxpayer dollars as well. He is a graduate of Columbia University in 1963, and got an MBA at Harvard. He was born on June 5, 1941.
Myra Hiatt Kraft was born on December 27, 1942. She was a native of Worcester, MA and graduated from Brandeis University in 1964. Her father was Jacob Hiatt, who was a well know philanthropist. It is likely how she became such a huge philanthropist herself. She and Robert Kraft met one evening at a deli when she was eating with friends, and Kraft and some of his friends came in from a Columbia-Harvard game.
They ended up sitting next to each other, and Kraft had his buddy “Moose” find out her name, and when they got up to leave, he winked at her, and she winked back. He eventually, drove to Brandeis and asked her out , but she had a date with a boyfriend at the time, but they eventually dated, and she proposed. They were married in June, 1963. They would eventually have 4 children. (Source: http://articles.boston.com/2011-07-21/bostonglobe/29798532_1_robert-kraft-jewish-organizations-couples/3)
Myra Kraft, along with her husband, delved into philanthropy during their 48 year marriage. They gave away more than 100 million dollars to various charities concerning Israel , and urban blight in Boston and Worcester. In 2006, she traveled to Israel for more charity work. She wanted to help displaced Ethiopian Jews. A lot of times, Mrya Kraft would be very hands on. She would go into soup kitchens and help. She was the first female chairperson for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. (Source: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/07/20/philanthropic-myra-kraft-remembered-for-her-generosity/) I could go on forever listing her accomplishments as far as philanthropy. She was a great lady, and this was just the tip of the iceberg of what she did to try to help others, and use her wealth for good.
Myra Kraft, sadly, passed away from cancer, on July 20, 2011 at the age of 68. While she was in bed fighting her illness, her beloved husband Robert was going back and forth between taking care of his “sweetheart,” and CBA negotiations. Myra, who understood what was at stake, gave Robert her blessing to continue to help in the negotiations. Reports were going back and forth like a yo yo. Good news one minute. Bad the next. Fortunately, thanks to Mr. Kraft, and Jeff Saturday, the Moras, and a couple of other level headed people, the CBA was done, and we don’t have to worry for 10 years. Bob Kraft was good enough to come to a press conference during Shiva, the 7 day period of mourning for Judaism. At the presser, Jeff Saturday, a devout Christian, and Bob Kraft, a devout Jew both embraced. It was a very touching moment. Saturday said, “Without Mr. Kraft, this deal does not get done.” Well, in my opinion, I think Myra should get a little credit also.
When Myra Kraft passed away, as the CBA was still not in place, the NFL was decent enough to lift the ban on players not being able to speak to their coaches or teams or whatever, and let the Patriots players come to Myra’s funeral. WHat was also touching was that at Temple Emmanuel in Newton, MA, 2000 people showed up to pay tribute to her. People of different races, religions. It was amazing how many people this woman touched. She made a lot of people special, and meant a lot to people. (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/07/22/hundreds-expected-for-myra-kraft-funeral-in-newton/)
As far as the Patriots go, I honestly believe the spirit of this wonderful lady is carrying the team. As most NFL fans already know, to honor Myra, the Patriots will be wearing “MHK” patches on their uniforms. After the home victory against the Miami Dolphins in Week 16, LT Matt Light presented a great portrait of several Patriot players pointing up to the “MHK” symbol to owner Robert Kraft to show him that the team remembers his beloved wife, and still loves her.
I just seem to feel that Myra Kraft is cheering on this team in her own way. How far they will go in the playoffs starting this weekend is ultimately up to them, but I just think that the team is rounding into shape just in time for them from reading recent reports. Either way, I believe Myra will be their guardian angel every step of the way.
I will end this blog with a little video of the Kraft’s song, “Moon River” per the Rabbi who presided over Myra’s funeral.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/missedgehead