How do I even begin to express what you meant to me and to every other person that you crossed paths with in your too short life with us here on earth?
You were whoever you needed to be to help others in their times of crises/needs (a friend, a handyman, a fireman, a comedian and so on) - never looking to be repaid but rather living under the "Pay it Forward" principle of life.
You were the true, faithful and living example of "what is a friend?" When anyone who had the privilege of calling you a friend hears the song "You've Got a Friend" from now on forward, I have no doubt that an image of Donald smiling and laughing will cross their mind. He was just that kind of guy.
You dedicated your life to helping others - whether friend or stranger - as can be attested to by the plethora of tributes on the internet within moments of hearing the devasting news of your too early passing. The best part was you didn't do it for the accolades - you did it purely out of love. You dedicated yourself to the GCP/NHP community and its people in so many ways: GCP fireman for27 years; consistently particpated in Homecoming Float activities at NHP MHS long after you graduated (I dont think there is a single member of the Class of '85 that can now, nor has ever, been able to see a paper flower and not instantly asociate it with you and our homecoming float parties and awesome floats) just to name of few ways you made our community better.
You were happy personified and could always find a way to make someones tears turn into laughter and their frowns turn into smiles. And just because you are not physically with us any longer, I know without a doubt that you will be watching over us and sending us signs to remind us to live life to its fullest and enjoy evey fleeting moment.
You lived your life enthusiastically, full of love, laughter, happiness, adventure, joking, hugs and kisses, enjoying the little things in life as much as the big things, and most importantly of all - quality time with family and friends (especially your beloved bride Kathleen - whom you adored with all your heart and soul and were man enough to let the whole world know that she stole your heart from the moment you laid eyes on her).
You were one of the true remaining gentlemen in a time when it is more common for people to think of themselves than of others and I am so grateful that my son was blessed to have gotten to know you and see this aspect of you these past few years. You were a wonderful role model for the many kids (or should I say - young adults) you interacted with on a daily basis and I am sure many of those young men at GCP Fire Dept became involved in the Youth Program as a result of your example.
You were...too many things to list here... but above all you were (and always will be) loved by so many for being true to who you were at all times and you will be greatly missed by all of us.
D: death will never take him away from us. A part of him will forever live within the hearts of all his loved ones. He has left an indelible mark upon our lives and our hope is that we can live our lives as honest, loving and faithful as Donald did.
To those of you who found this site - Welcome! Please feel free to browse around and let yourself relax.
What a great way to lose yourself for a little while and let the stresses of the day just float on out to sea.
I would like to take a moment to say Thank You to my wonderful husband who has made this all possible for me by getting me a voice activated system to allow me to use the computer without having to type everything in. Rheumatoid Arthritis may hinder me from doing many things but thanks to technology I still have an avenue to express myself. Thank you honey - I Love You!
Poetry is such a great avenue of expression. Every one of us is a poet at heart. What better gift can you give someone then the "gift of words" that they can forever hold dear to their hearts. My hope is that after reading some of my poetry/prose that you may feel the inspiration hit you to write a "poem" for someone you love or vent your emotions using your pen. The ideas are all around you (and inside you). Take something important to you and just let the words flow free.
Have you always wanted to write but never thought you could write something anyone would want to read? Join the club - most of us will never be famous authors (at least not in the eyes of the world). But, to family and friends (little children especially) a story written by someone they love (maybe including them in it), your story - no matter how short - will be priceless. Most of these short stories were written for my son as special bedtime stories or to help him with issues he might be dealing with at the time, so even if noone else ever read them but him - every moment spent writing was worth more than money could buy.
You've heard it said a million times - a picture is worth a thousand words. No truer words were ever spoken. How many of us have envied those with artistic abilities as we struggle to draw a straight line? Guess what? Art is right at your fingertips - just a click away. Pick up your camera - go out and have fun. Feeling stressed? Need a good laugh? Look at all your old pictures and suddenly the problems of the world don't seem quite as important. Instead, get lost in the memories evoked in that little snapshot of time.
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