Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Bizarre Chain of Events

We arrived in Celina just fine and our family reunion went extremely well. However, I'm not ready to post about it because on Saturday as we headed out to the lodge where we were meeting we received a phone call.

Ted's oldest brother Tom's oldest son, Brian, was killed instantly in a motorcycle accident in Elyria, OH. Brian was southbound when a northbound car hit a deer. The deer catapulted and slammed into Brian, knocking him off his bike and into northbound traffic where he was hit by an SUV. His bike continued sliding southbound and hit another car. He died instantly.

Brian and his first wife Rose are especially dear to us because they lived in Michigan near us when they first married. We are godparents to his only son Keith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be performed by Ted's cousin Fr. Terry on Saturday.

We will extend our stay here by two days, then drive the RV to the Cleveland area and spend two nights so we can attend the funeral before catching up to our fellow campers in Indiana.

This is a parent's worse nightmare, whether their children are 16 or 52 or any other number.

Brian, you will be missed by so many. You touched many lives.


Juju and Harry said...

Harry and I are so very sorry for your family lost.
We will keep all in our prays. May the peace of christ be with you.
juju & harry

Anonymous said...

We're so sorry to hear of the loss of your nephew. It's just such a freak tragic occurrence. You all are in our prayers. Love, Laurie and Spence

Anonymous said...

We are very sorry to hear of your nephew's death. It's such a tragedy and loss for all. You're in our prayers. Love, Laurie and Spence

jillquilts said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. What a tragedy.