June 25, 2014

Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend


This picture was taken on our 50th birthday weekend getaway in Niagara Falls.
We called ourselves "The Chix".
Me, Sandra, Dawn, Sharon
R.I.P.  Sharon
December 14, 1961 - June 18, 2014
 
Sandra, Sharon and I met in kindergarten, when we were all 4 years old.  Dawn, we met in Grade 7.  I mostly kept in touch with Sandra over the years, and she mostly kept in touch with Sharon, and Sharon kept in touch with Sandra and Dawn.  I lived in another town about 40 minutes away and would occasionally join them on one of their "wing nights" at a local bar that has the best chicken wings.  :)  We moved back here in 2001, so I started seeing them more regularly.  Our birthdays are all within about 6 weeks of each other.  Sharon and I were the same day, although she was a few hours older!  :)  We all went out for lunch for Sandra's 40th birthday and decided to make it a monthly thing.  "Chix Lunch" was born!
 
Sharon's mentally challenged brother lived with her.  Last Wednesday, he couldn't wake her up before he went to work in the morning.  He was very smart to know to tell his supervisor about it, and they contacted the police and Sharon's other brother.  She did have a lot of serious health problems but it was still a terrible shock to hear the news.
 
She was one of the kindest, caring. humble people I have had the privilege of knowing.  She would drop anything to help someone.  She did a lot of volunteer work with the Special Olympics.  The number of people who came to the funeral home is a testimony to how many lives she touched.
 
Sharon's funeral was Monday.  Dawn and Sandra both spoke about her.  I lost it when Dawn mentioned that "We were the Chix".  After the service, as the family was leaving, they played "Come Sail Away" by Styx, one of Sharon's favourite bands.  I lost it again, but was smiling inside.  I don't know who chose that song, but it was perfect.      
 

2 comments:

  1. So sorry about Sharon. The enormity of her loss is great. Thanks for the sharing the wonderful stories of her life and your friendship.

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  2. "She was one of the kindest, caring. humble people I have had the privilege of knowing. She would drop anything to help someone. She did a lot of volunteer work with the Special Olympics. The number of people who came to the funeral home is a testimony to how many lives she touched."

    A very special person, thank you for this post Janice.

    Thinking of you

    All the best Jan

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