Friday, August 21, 2015

Ice Arena

I lost a good friend from work about 10 days ago. DP was a hiker, lover of 80's rock music, a hockey coach and a teacher who worked with some of the toughest  kids in our building. He taught them that no matter their lot in life they mattered to him and others. He taught them respect. He taught them integrity. Dave and I had many talks in his room about education, music, and hockey. We even discussed our preferences in thirst-quenching drinks. Dave's drink of choice was Dr. Pepper. The service for him was held here at the Troubh Ice Arena last Sunday. A fitting venue where he coached many a middle school and high school game. At the service, his dad spoke about the 'little boy Dave' he knew growing up and mentioned that his regret was that he didn't really get to know 'the man Dave', because Dave moved to Maine after college and the family remained in Massachusetts. So yesterday, I sat down on the porch and wrote his dad and sister a note telling of 'the man' I got to know pretty well. A lot of his friends did this. I hope his dad is overwhelmed at his mailbox.
David.
A fine educator.
And mighty good man.

17 comments:

  1. What a fine thing to do, to share your memories of your friend. A wonderful way to preserve and commemorate the life of a good man.

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  2. Your last two describers says it all. It is a really tender post, BM, and I think that you must be grieving his loss. Death is so damned final, and I believe that your letter and those of others will mean so very much to his father. What wonderful memories to share!

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  3. DP couldn't get a finer tribute Birdman, lovely words for your friend.

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  4. oh, this touched me very much. bless you.

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  5. This is a beautiful post. I'm sure your note will be incredibly appreciated.

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  6. Dave "the man" had a passion and integrity that few possess. The impact that he made on the lives of his students, colleague, friends, and family is long-lasting. He may be gone, but he is most definitely not forgotten.

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  7. That is a brilliant idea. His father will have many treasures to ponder.

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  8. A lovely tribute to your friend...

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  9. A great tribute to him. Parents aren't supposed to bury their children.

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  10. Wow, that is a superb gift to give to his father. Very touching. I'm sure it will please him greatly.

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  11. Uh oh... I think my comment got eaten. :(

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  12. You have my condolences on losing a good friend. Guess we are getting to that age when our friends are dying. Sounds like Dave will be missed by many people.

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  13. What a heartfelt post. I cannot imagine how his father will feel when he reads the notes/letters in his mailbox.

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  14. No one could have written a better memorial.

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  15. A fine tribute to your good friend and a man who has made a difference. Yes, his father will tear up when he reads your letter and others from Dave's friends, but they will warm his heart at a hard time.

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  16. That's a wonderful thing you did for his dad.

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