Aaron Teater's Memorial Fund

$2,355 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 57 people in 22 months
Hello,

My name is Star, and my brother Aaron tragically lost his life at 23 years old in an accidental drowning on May 2nd at the pier in Sylvan Beach, NY after diving into the water after his tackle box. In the tackle box were items passed down to him from our grandfather that were truly irreplaceable. Before I tell you why I started this fund, I wanted to tell you a bit about my brother. My brother had a deep love for his family, which is why it was so important to him that he not lose the items from our grandfather. He had a love for his friends, who brought him joy while he did the same for them. He had a love for animals, including his dog Creamy who we have had since my brother and I were small children. He loved nature, and fishing for him was a way to connect to it in the world’s most real game. Most importantly, he loved life. He loved to connect with the people around him, familiar and strange, just so that he could hear their stories and they could hear his. He lived his life with such a strong passion that you could see in him, which you could see with his ever present smile. He lived life in a way that made him happy with the sole goal of making the world around him a better place for the fact that he was a part of it. He was a man that any sister would be proud of because he was a great man.

I started this fund for three reasons. First, and most importantly, my family and I want to place lifesaving buoys on the pier. When my brother was struggling in the water, fighting against the strong currents and ice cold water, there was nothing there to save him. My mother did not have a rope long enough to reach him, and there was nothing available to grab to throw to him. So, our first actions will be to donate lifesaving buoys to the pier in the hope that if someone else is ever in that situation they can be saved. Fishermen line that pier every day from the beginning of the season to the last day of it, so we want to provide this safety device as soon as possible.

The second reason I started this fund is to help with his burial expenses. As I am sure you can all understand, we are unprepared to have to bury my brother. We are gathering the money from our own funds right now, but any help that you can offer beyond the funds needed for the buoys will be greatly appreciated. Finally, we want to bury his remains in Wisconsin with our grandparents. Since we moved a lot as children due to being military dependents, our family is all states away in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is my mother’s wish that my brother’s ashes be placed with my grandparents so that he will always be surrounded by their love for him.

Obviously, any help that you choose to offer will be greatly appreciated. We don’t expect to raise anywhere close to the amount I listed above. Honestly, I would be happy to just have plenty of money to ensure that someone else’s life is saved by providing the buoys. Anything beyond that would provide relief to our family in this horrible time. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that life brings you the happiness that my brother sought to bring to all those around you.

Star Teater
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Jaime Kinter
22 months ago

He was a wonderful person he will be truly missed by those who loved him dear. Once I had seen about this terrifying news I thought of you and the family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I hope that someday you will be able to cope with it and be okay, as I know things will never be the same or will ever get over it. But I hope that you do find it deep within that he was taken too soon but he is now in a better place. He is for one looking down on you and your family. He is now a guardian angel from above guding you through this difficult time. Just remember, he wouldn't want you to be sad he would want happiness in all that you do. May god be with you and your family during this time. Rest in peace Aaron. Gone but never forgotten.

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Carrie Gapski
22 months ago

He was a great person to talk to use to talk to him qll the time at the casino rip aaron you will be missed but not for gotten

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Dominic Storms
22 months ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Aaron he was a great man, worked real hard. Almost everyday he would stop by my table to sincerely ask how my day has been. He was such a friendly guy and had a positive outlook on life.

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Raised by 57 people in 22 months
Created May 3, 2016
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Anonymous
21 months ago
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Jon Velletto
21 months ago

Star, I am so sorry for your loss. I I hope you and your family find some solace during these times. My daughter Sofia wanted you to know she she donated $20 of money she received for her 1st communion. We are all very saddened by this.

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Anonymous
21 months ago
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Anonymous
21 months ago
EK
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Earl Klein
22 months ago

I fished the canal today and saw Aaron's memorial there. As a fellow fisherman we share the same spirit and I wanted to help out.

KK
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Kathy Kotary
22 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

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Anonymous
22 months ago
Jaime Kinter
22 months ago

He was a wonderful person he will be truly missed by those who loved him dear. Once I had seen about this terrifying news I thought of you and the family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I hope that someday you will be able to cope with it and be okay, as I know things will never be the same or will ever get over it. But I hope that you do find it deep within that he was taken too soon but he is now in a better place. He is for one looking down on you and your family. He is now a guardian angel from above guding you through this difficult time. Just remember, he wouldn't want you to be sad he would want happiness in all that you do. May god be with you and your family during this time. Rest in peace Aaron. Gone but never forgotten.

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Carrie Gapski
22 months ago

He was a great person to talk to use to talk to him qll the time at the casino rip aaron you will be missed but not for gotten

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Dominic Storms
22 months ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Aaron he was a great man, worked real hard. Almost everyday he would stop by my table to sincerely ask how my day has been. He was such a friendly guy and had a positive outlook on life.

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