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The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege. – Charles Kuralt

Quite honestly I know that I haven’t completely mourned the loss of my dad. He died unexpectedly this past April and there was a different sadness that I have never had before. I suppose people who have lost someone close like a parent know what I mean. But what helped my sister and I get through the loss was the outpouring of love and support from family, friends and co-workers that he touched over the years.

Almost a month ago we gathered on a beach in Rhode Island to celebrate his life. A few things that Daddy loved more than anything were being with his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, telling stories with his friends and family, spending time in Rhode Island eating clam cakes from a greasy bag on the beach, enthusiastically discussing Boston sports….

It was an incredibly beautiful day, super windy and a touch chilly. My heart filled with so much love. Thank you to my incredible family for coming from all over to be together with us. We are so fortunate to have such an extended family and we love every single one of you. Thank you to my friends – Daddy always loved hearing our college escapades. And thank you to his fellow group of sports writers that made the trek to be with us. You all meant the world to him.

I know that I owe him a long letter reflecting on all sorts of things. I have so much to process and so much to say to him. But for now I will say thank you to all of you for helping us through this and for loving him as much as you all did.

He would have loved this get together. In fact the only thing missing that day was him.

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