SALEM STARS REMEMBERED
VALE DAYS’ Frank Parker (SHAWN) AND Peggy McCay (CAROLINE), WHO LEAVE A MASSIVE HOLE IN SALEM
We pay tribute to Days’ Frank Parker (Shawn) and Peggy McCay (Caroline)
Memories of Mr & Mrs Brady
From their arrival in Salem on February 7, 1983, Irish immigrant Shawn and his wife Caroline were instantly beloved by family, friends and the wider community, who all regularly frequented the iconic Brady Fish Market, and then later, following a violent and destructive robbery and Shawn’s heart attack, its successor the Brady Pub.
The couple’s decades-long union was a happy one but wasn’t without its challenges. In 1985, crime lord Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) was revealed to be the biological father of Caroline’s youngest son Bo (Peter Reckell). Forced to confess the truth to stop police officer Bo shooting Victor in an arrest bid, Caroline tested Shawn’s legendary temper and his faith in their love for each other. Realising the grief he’d caused, Victor eventually lied that he’d undergone a vasectomy years earlier so that Bo and Shawn would forever believe Shawn was the father.
Problems with their children occupied the newly reunited lovers for several years until the omnipresent spectre of death began haunting them. In 1993, Caroline barely escaped with her life when Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel)
almost poisoned her hospital IV with cleaning fluid to frame her nemesis Carly (Crystal Chappell) for murder! Poor Caroline thought she was just going into hospital for stomach surgery! The next year, granddaughter Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) tainted pregnancy news gave Caroline a heart attack – but her real fight with the grim reaper would be nine years later.
Just after Thanksgiving 2003, Caroline was praying at St Luke’s Church, begging God to intervene and save the townspeople from the evil scourge of the DiMeragenerated Salem stalker serial killer! As Bo joined his mother in a pew, Caroline suddenly choked and collapsed from poisoning, dying in her son’s arms! Luckily for Caroline, she and the killer’s nine other victims eventually cheated death by showing up alive on Melaswen Island, an exact replica of Salem! They’d been medicinally resurrected after dying and smuggled out of Salem in the DiMera tunnels beneath the city! Caroline eventually made it home two years later, her family reunion hampered by a volcanic eruption on Melaswen that caused a tsunami to destroy the getaway boat. While some made it back to Salem immediately, Caroline ended up a prisoner in a DiMera-controlled castle in Europe before being rescued in August 2005!
Three years later, death visited Caroline for real when Shawn went to Ireland to reunite with his presumed-dead sister Colleen (Shirley Jones). Heading home with his family after the reunion, Shawn sacrificed his life to save gravely ill Bo... when the sabotaged aircraft plummeted. Giving up his oxygen mask, Shawn died in the snowy wilderness amid the plane wreckage, returning home to Caroline in a body bag, an awful end to a 60-year marriage!
After Shawn died, Caroline experienced more heartache, being falsely accused of murdering Trent Robbins (Roscoe Born), switching the paternity tests on Chloe’s (Nadia Bjorlin) baby and then collapsing when her crime was unmasked, and later being diagnosed with Topits Disease, a condition initially thought to be Alzheimer’s. Since then, she’s been happily running the Brady Pub off-screen.
Peggy and Frank on set; (inset left) Peggy and John Aniston
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