A Memorial Fit for Eugene

One year ago, we lost a really good man. I know I'm not the only one who loved the person who was Eugene Ubawike, Jr. He was fun, friendly, giving, God-fearing, and an all-around great friend. I think of him every day, as I'm sure do countless others.

On the anniversary of his passing, I visited Eugene's grave site at St. Raymond's Cemetery with his family. It was the first time I'd been there since his burial. I found out that, due to the nature of his sudden passing and the financial strain his family had at that time, no headstone was purchased for the grave. This didn't sit right with me; a personality as large as Eugene's deserves to be commemorated. I never realized how important something like that could be until I was standing there, staring at the number etched with white paint that was supposed to represent my lost friend.

Eugene's grave site right now. We placed white roses that weekend to mark the site better.

Understandably, Eugene's family has been greatly affected by his loss and have not been able to focus on this. As I spoke with friends we had in common about this, they all stated they would be willing to pitch in for a fitting memorial for our dear Eugene. I know there are many others who I have never met who would be willing to do the same.

I volunteered to get the ball rolling with this GoFundMe. After some research, we found that a nice, quality headstone would run between $2,500 and $3,000, including delivery. I set the goal for $3,000 to ensure we would have some wiggle room for unexpected expenses. 

If you can spare anything toward this cause, the Ubawikes would be so grateful. Please share this with others who knew and loved Eugene as well.

Eugene, we love and miss you! Thank you for the memories.

--Griselle B.
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    • $100 
    • 42 mos
  • Caroline Bell  
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Emmanuel Breton 
    • $25 
    • 43 mos
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    • $100 
    • 43 mos
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    • $150 
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Griselle Baret 
Parking, NY