Today we gathered to say goodbye to Garrett. It was a testimony to this wonderful young man that the high school auditorium was nearly full and there was so much food at the potluck that we probably all could have stayed full for days! Three of Garrett’s friends, Lyle, Kurtis and Jimi gave a beautiful tribute to him and his brother created a beautiful and moving slideshow. His girlfriend, Kayleigh, impressed me so much with her ability to get up and talk about Garrett in the midst of her grief. It was sad, and moving and wonderful and tragic. His family had done such a wonderful job of pouring love into this young man and he touched so many hearts in his brief time here. We are all truly better for having known and loved Garrett and I don’t think you can be more successful in life than that.
I made a signature quilt for the service and I will post photos of that, too, but for now, I just want to share a little bit of Garrett with you. I hope you will smile, and I hope you will hug someone tight soon and tell them you love them. Because life is uncertain and we all have to make the most of the time we have.
In loving memory…Garrett Craig Soumokil-Freer, October 8, 1992 – September 4, 2016.