It is difficult to write an upbeat post when tragedy has pulled its dark blanket over our small town once again and taken another young life long before it was time for his soul to leave the Earth.
When you live in a small town, nobody is really a stranger. Those familiar faces you see on the street every day become more than strangers. They become extended members of our friendship circles and unwittingly become like a member of our family.
Those faces, those smiles that become etched in our memories leave a lingering impression. If we are lucky enough to have created a relationship with those who were once strangers, the sound of their laughter will remain in our hearts. This young man was one of those who created a lasting impression on his first encounter. He had a gregarious spirit and made many people smile. His bonds of friendship ran deep and his absence will leave a big hole in many hearts.
My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. Our town will seem darker but Heaven has gained such a bright light. May you rest in peace and may the many souls that have gone before you find comfort in your warmth and kind spirit.