Tribute- In 250 Words Or Less
Jay Steven Russell was here. I saw those words scribbled in places they had no business being, how could I ever know one day I would be affected by the phrase in such an astronomical way. The number 13, alternative rock music, horror movies, silly comedy, curry and Korean BBQ all became special to those of us who knew and loved Jay because of Jay. Jay was born on February 13, 1987 at 13:31 a day I as his mother will NEVER forget, Jay departed this life on January 14, 2018 at 3:13 a day I as his mother will NEVER acknowledge.
When he entered a room the light would shine brighter. Jay had his favorites but he did not like one kind of food, one kind of music, one kind of animal, one kind of people. He was a kind, sweet, sensitive soul with beauty which was internal as well as external. Jay was a giving person. He was a wonderful son, loving brother, inspiring uncle, doting boyfriend, loyal friend and simply a truly good human being. I avoid the cliche’ “The good die young.” but we live with the fact that our Jay is no longer in our presence. To say he is missed over simplifies the obvious. To say we hurt is inadequate. Yet in our loss, our Jay still helped make others lives better(a lifelink donor). Jay was HERE and Jay will NOT be forgotten.
So beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading this piece.