My heart sank last week when my best friend told me that her ex-husband had passed away. Tears filled my eyes as I remembered Dan — he left us way too soon. You see I had known her ex much longer than she did. Dan was the boy who lived down the street from me when I was growing up. When I moved into our tree-lined neighborhood he was the cool one. Dan had an amazing aura, was super creative, had a fabulous personality and was friends with everyone!
Over the years, we hung out with some of the same kids, and then towards the end of high school he began dating my best friend. They eventually got married and had two beautiful children – first a girl then a boy. Since then the kids have grown into amazing young adults. They behold some of his same qualities – strong family values, unending love, a gentle kindness, very generous nature and amazingly creative. Dan worked with his hands, was a talented artist, a natural athlete in probably every sport he tried, and loved golf with a passion. He was also a proud father and loved his kids with all of his heart! We all had some incredible times together and I am honored to say he was my friend and I will never forget him.
Even though I had not seen Dan in many years, the fond memories I have of him will carry on in my heart forever. I will always remember him as the boy with an infectious personality and fun nature who lived down the street who married my best friend, and who was the wonderful father to his two children. Just thinking back about Dan and his warm smile brings a little sunshine to my dark day. I wish him peace. And I hope my best friend, her kids, and all of his family and friends will find comfort in the happy memories they have of Dan. Live life to the fullest – just like he did.
Please know I am with you in spirit today as you celebrate Dan’s life. Live each day as it was the last, love with all of your heart, work hard, play hard and keep the ones most important to you closest to your heart.
I hope that you are sailing off to a wonderful adventure — I will miss you Dan. xxoo always,
p.s. Artwork: Red Sailboat, by Patricia McCaron (my mom)