It was a day of reverence and respectful, loving tribute to our beloved Bactrian camel, Princess. Our memorial service for Princess took place on February 2nd which was, ironically, Super Bowl Sunday. No other day would have been more fitting to pay tribute to Princess, who was known around the world for her ability to pick the winning teams in football games, and especially, in the Super Bowl.
Princess left this world peacefully, and surrounded by loved ones on January 14, 2014 at the age of 27. Princess joined the Popcorn Park family in 2004 when she came to us from the Doris Duke estate in Hillsborough, NJ. Princess was the beloved pet of Ms. Duke for nearly 17 years, and when Ms. Duke passed away, the estate sought out a new home for Princess. Diane Mello, her caretaker, trainer, and constant companion, and Dr. Bert Paluch, her physician and good friend, made arrangements for Princess to come to Popcorn Park. Princess called Popcorn Park her home, and we called Princess our family, for a decade.
More than a hundred people came to pay their respects at our memorial service for Princess at Layton's Home for Funerals, and thousands sent their condolences and well wishes. The service was absolutely beautiful and we are humbled by the outpouring of love and affection that was shown by the community, and those that knew and loved our friend Princess. We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to:
- Reverend William Donahue, for his lovely sermon and help in easing the pain of losing our dear Princess
- Associated Humane Societies Board member Barbara Lathrop, for her beautifully presented tribute to Princess
- Reverend John Cardello, for his kind and loving sermon, and for taking the time every year to visit Princess for the Blessing of the Animals
- Lisa Appello of Patriot Engraving, for her hand crafted plaque in remembrance of Princess
- Joe DeVona of JD Printing and Advertising, for the great work that he did on our tribute booklets for Princess
- Marc Roy, for his touching poem, "The Elephant Pen Stands Empty"
- Diane Mello, for the many photographs that she provided of Princess in her early days, and also for making the lengthy trip, along with Marc Roy, to say goodbye to her beloved friend
- Layton's Home for Funerals at 250 W. Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731, and the whole Layton Family, who not only did an amazing job with the gorgeous flower arrangements that they created for Princess at their floral shop, Forked River Florist, but also for the outstanding and beautiful memorial service that they provided for us. We are deeply grateful for all of your efforts.
Our sincerest thanks go to all of the many, many people from around the world that have called, donated, written, dropped by, attended our service, and expressed their sympathies in the loss of our beloved friend and family member, Princess. We are certain that Princess is watching from above, while eating a graham cracker, and loving every single one of you. Thank you from Princess, and from all of us at Associated Humane Societies-Popcorn Park.
Please watch our video, A Tribute to Princess:
Please find it in your heart to contribute to our newly established Princess Fund, which will be used for future animals, like Princess, that need to make a home at Popcorn Park. We will be creating a memorial tribute pamphlet with highlights, stories, and memories of Princess through her life and times shortly.
If you have any pictorial memories when you visited Princess or any pictures taken at the memorial services that you would like to share, please feel free to e-mail them to us