Johnny St. Pierre Fund

We hear too many stories of losing young people and how devastating that is.  There is no doubt that whenever a person, young or old is brought back home to the heavens, a void is created.  It reminds me of when Clarence the angel tells George Bailey that a life touches so many others.  But truth be told, losing young people have always happened since the beginining of time.  What is palpable and most important is what is left, the emptiness felt, the confusion, the questions without answers, the hurt feelings, the remorse, the lonliness the new learned responses of all those left behind. 
We are doing this today because a wonderful, God-fearing family lost someone close to them.  Their young son and brother, uncle and friend.  Jonathan St. Pierre Jr was a young man with so much potential and so much promise, but what he was to his mother; Ann St. Pierre, his father; Jonathan St. Pierre, his sisters; Jolene, Jessica and Jerilyn was more than just a sad story.  He held a place in their hearts and souls.  And although he had his own struggle in life, his own "cross" to bear, he never lost sight of his family. 
Today, his family needs some help.  Today, well after the crowds, the delivered food, the warm hugs, they are left with putting the pieces together, paying for all the expenses that comes with any tradgedy.  The harsh realities, the tasks laying ahead to conclude, to close and move on.  They, through some wonderful help from friends and church were able to provide, but now they are struggling and need help. 

We will never be able to mend their hearts, fill that void, but we can help them cope with the burden that was created and tended to so wonderfully.  We can do something to be sure that their only thoughts are on Jonathan St. Pierre Jr and not on anything else that is a necessary attachment to the world we live in, but oh so distracting from the real task at hand; reconciling, and living. 

The following is a post from FaceBook after the services, I think it tells a story.  Please help.

"Today I went to a service for a young man. It was amazingly sad but living. Strange two adjectives in the same sentence but that was exactly what it was. Sad that a young man was lost, but living in that I left there doing exactly what the Pastor set out for: 1. to reflect on his life, as though he was still here, 2: reflect on life's brevity and 3: reflect on your relationship with God. It was poignant, lifting and depressing all at the same time. Words said today are ...still dancing in my head.

I did not know this man well, but know his family, or I thought I knew his family. I was given a glimmer of just how devoted they are to each other, how deep their bond is (even if I don't know exactly the tenure of that bond), how loving they still are.

I was left with deep sadness, but genuine adoration and respect and appreciation. People always just say the words, "my condolences", but today I felt true condolences for the entire family while also celebrating a life that I really didn't know.

my heartfelt sympathies for them, and my respect and adoration. I hope they see, feel and know that all is as it should be, although those are hard words to believe right now."

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Anthony Rozzi 
Haverhill, MA
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