The story behind the Dolphin Trinity window
Mid-day, Friday, August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charlie slammed into SW Florida Coast with category IV fury. Chapel by The Sea was an unfortunate victim of this terrible storm: sadly, the symbolic and very beautiful dolphin Trinity Window was lost. Glass was strewn throughout the sanctuary and much collateral damage ensued. Casola Stained Glass Co. of Ft. Myers was commissioned to replicate the window. Nick Fillucco, a local stained glass artisan, hand-crafted over 400 dolphin sun catchers from the salvaged glass. These sun catchers were sold to finance the replacement window.
With the death of Nick in early 2009, Chapel by The Sea lost a good friend. Although all of his original dolphins are sold, many have shown interest in purchasing keepsake dolphins as reminders of our beautiful Trinity Window and of our loving God, working through this artisan and this stalwart congregation, to rebuild His house.
Once again, God has provided. Stained glass artisan Harold Huff has volunteered to craft additional replicas of the original sun catchers. These precious dolphins, sold in Nick’s memory, will be treasured for years to come.