Vassar Clements - Guestbook Archive August 17 - 31,
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Peace be with you. Peace to you Vassar. That High Lonesome sound just got more lonesome. Regretfully, I did not discover him sooner for he is truly a wonderful musician. The most genuine, talented musicians I ever met. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to meet him and had some great chats. He had that twinkle in his eye and seemed to truly love interacting with people. I first heard him when I was 8 - that was 30 yrs ago, and I met him several times over the years.
He never seemed to forget a face. Thanks Vassar - for sharing your music and your kindness. Your warmth will not be forgotten. I remember him, with fiddle in hands and pipe resting in his mouth, just tearing up one tune after the other. Now that I have those two albums on CD, I'm always loaning them out saying, "this is what a fiddle is supposed to sound like". I don't play fiddle, but sure love jammin' with fiddle players. The world just got a bit more lonesome with The Lonesome Fiddler going home.
Thanks for the music and God Bless. Played here at Randy Wood's for all of us. Sad day when he passed. He will be missed, but his music will live on forever I was because of Vassar that I started violin lessons a couple of years ago. He will always be an inspiration to me. A few years ago I lost my daughter, she was 23 and also a big fan.
Today I hope he is playing for her and one day for all of us again. You're with Millie now forever. Your family did such a wonderful job with the last part of his journey.
Thanks so much for the music and for sharing with us. A truly huge loss for all of us, Midge and his family. Please accept my deepest sympathies Midge. I had dinner with Vassar and the band and was fortunate enough to be seated across the table from Vassar.
We had a great conversation and Vassar filled me in on recording those wonderful early 's solo albums with Mike Auldridge.
His playing is so wonderful, whether playing country, jazz, or bluegrass, only to be topped by his incredible warmth and modesty. May he live on through the wonderful recordings he leaves behind for us and our grandchildren to enjoy. Thank you so much, Vassar, for all of the great memories and timeless recordings.
Your music will live forever! I am deeply sadden by your loss and hope that all the kind words that are being left on this message board will comfort you and your family in the days to come.
His loss cuts deep across a wide span of musical styles. He let me play his fiddle once, the only time I had the pleasure of meeting him, backstage after a concert. They all flew in from different parts of the country; two of the three had never met before I forget which ones, after all these decades. Just dynamite - not a note out of place during the whole show, which was largely made up on the spot from song to song.
People drove from all over the region just to hear these guys together. I was a journalism student at the school paper, the Western Front and did photos still have 'em and a feature story. That was the same year I wrote what I believe to be the first newspaper story about a talented year-old named Mark O'Connor. He also attended the Bellingham concert and got to meet Vassar. God rest his wonderful soul. As many musicians will attest to, it proved to be an inspiring and liberating experience.
But what always struck me most was how genuine this man was. I have never met someone who was as true a person as Vassar was. He touched people in a way that very few ever do. And with just a glance or a gesture he could say so much to you. He loved to be with and play for everyone and everyone loved him for that.
I'll never forget staring in to those 'snake eyes' on stage. What a powerful individual! I got to know Vassar over the last several years, as he was a regular and enormously popular performer at the Podunk Festival, which I work with.
A few years back, Vassar was scheduled to do a workshop, and he asked me to find him some sidemen to join him He brought much joy to my heart with his music. Play on in Heaven and we will be there at some time to join in. He gave me a good half hour to talk and photograph his unique violin. There won't be another one like him for a long time to come USA - Sunday, August 21, at God Bless Philly, Pa.
As a Jewish kid fresh from New York City who had recently arrived in the mid-south, it was a very short time after I had learned who he was. And have never forgotten that experience. What magical sounds that man could coax out of that fiddle. It was truly inspiring and sent a current of electrical excitement through your body. The notes jumping off those strings could even convince the most cynical in the audience that night of God's existence, so other-worldly was his talent.
I only heard the sad news of his passing this morning while listening to Harry Shearer radio broadcast and I offer my consolences to his family, friends, fellow musicians--all who knew him, loved him, played together, and were touched by his great talent as well as the inner beauty of his soul. Rest in peace, Vassar. The Orange Blossom Special has taken you home. Gone are the days we loved so well,to hear your music and see your smile.
Sad that your gone, but thankful for the time we had with you. Till' the last string breaks, and the rosin runs-out,and even then, we will remember you! So farewell Vassar, may your music mingle with the other masters,and may the light shine on you forever.
It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. God Vassar, you were a great one. Thank you for being a musical part of the some of the best times and worst times. Your fiddle could always get to me where i was at. One of the nicest people in the business. Got to see him play with Peter Rowan; a not-common-enough priveledge. I hoped to get him into the studio with me one day; unfortunately never meant to be. Oh well; we'll meet again. Keep watch on us Vassar.
What a legendary gift; how blesseded to receive. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and extended family of Vassar Clements, and may God's love surrond us all. I had seen him many times before but never had the pleasure of shaking his hand.
Feeling his huge and soft heart in my presence and actually getting to speak to him was a moment I shall never forget for as long as I live. Truly a most kindhearted, and humble man, not to mention talented, he will be greatly missed. She just called me and told me of the news.
We are all saddened, but we rejoice at having been homored to meet Vassar when he came to Denver. Rest assured the Blessing of Marlon playing with Vassar is something he will cherish as his fiddle career grows.
God Bless you and George at this time, our prayers are with you! Vassar Clements was a true gentleman. It was not only his incredibly beautiful music that put him above the crowd, but the warm and caring manner in which he treated others that he came in contact with. I had the pleasure of spending time with him on many occasions and in many different circumstances, and he was always a gem of a friend. His music speaks for itself and will remain a testament to his memory for generations to come.
I remember that he particularly liked the song "A Good Woman's Love" and I sang it with him on a few occasions. The "Old Man" is truly crying today. I will always treasure my times with you Vassar, and I know you will always be fiddling wherever you may be.
Thanks for being my friend, I will always feel blessed by your friendship. The bluegrass music world and the music world in general mourn the passing of a true legend. Vassar's appeal scoped all ages and generations of music. His impact on fiddle music will be seldom equalled and never copied. He left us a special gift - his music and his memories. Thanks Vassar - you'll be missed. As a violin player of many styles, my playing has been enhanced from listening to his work for years.
We'll miss you, but the jam in the sky will be just wild with you there. That burden has been lifted. I am trying to let go of the hurt manifesting from our not being allowed to say our goodbyes. I know you suffered physically but I also know your simple pure Christian faith must have carried you through. Your testimony and witness as to the love of God and the teachings of Christ will stay with me forever.
I treasure those conversations and understand they took place for a reason. Thank you for being in my life and allowing me to be in yours. What a precious gift it has been. I had the pleasure of meeting Vassar a few years later when he blayed a concert in Hailey, Idaho. I am deeply saddened that his voice and talent is lost to us. Peace be with you, Vassar. I'll see you on the other side.
Made me remember why and how much I liked the trend to New Grass that he helped inspire. I love it that a guy from his background would become friends with and play with folks like Stephane Grappelli and John Abercrombie. Great music really is universal. My very best to his family and friends in their time of loss. The world is better for his precense and lesser with his abscence. Thanks for making some wonderful music.
Keep jammin' up there!! I was just passing through Nashville the other night, wondering how you were, unable to check my e-mail. So, I didn't know. I think it was the night of August 18 that I was driving through. I just want to say "I love you, Vassar.
Oh, God Bless you, and your family as well. Many years ago; I was lucky enough to catch Mr. Clements at the old Cains Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In ; I gave birth to my only child; a son and the name that my husband and I chose to name our only child?
Vassar music was so inspiring. I loved his demeaner on stage. Everytime I saw him he was so relaxed, smoking his pipe. I am listening to his rendition of Sweet Loraine and I am smiling inside. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Fiddle on Vasser, God likes good music too.
USA - Saturday, August 20, at He gave us equal respect. That's the kind of person he was. He once came to play backup for the band I was in.
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He had a chauffeur bring him from Nashville. We asked the chauffeur to play on stage with us that night, too. It was John Hartford. They were such good friends to each other and so kind to all of us who held them in such high esteem.
The twinkling eyes, the burned out pipe, the barber shirts Brant, Jimmy, Trent, oh yeah, and Randy. She and her fiance wanted to thank me and I had all these tapes of Vassar in my truck. Rick found out that Vassar was playing downtown Denver in a little bar so he surprised me with tickets. We were sitting so close to the stage, when the band came out they brushed our knees.
It was a rockin show. After the show Rick said "well, if you're gonna get it signed, you better go now. I had a little trouble getting past the bouncer, he wanted to know why I had a fiddle with me. But Vassar's road manager, came up to the bouncer and was a little upset cause the door to the dressing room was locked and they couldbn'tget in.
I told the manager I wanted an autograph and he said "come on with me. I was instantly nervous. The manager told Vassar i wanted an autograph and he said he would be right out. I said that I was trying to learn. Maybe he was thinking the next prodigy was coming to him that night. Well, he could hope but it was only me.
I was way too nervous now and his manager took the fiddle before I dropped it. Vassar pushed me to play on mine, but that would have been a mistake. Vassar's kindness to me was not unique. Apparently he took many under his wing and was kind and caring to many. I know that he was a frequent visitor to the Florida Folk festival near here and some other festivals where he did workshops and classes and was regarded as very kind, caring and helpful.
I sat there in my truck this afternoon, listening to NPR, hacking away at the jungle, pulling trees down etc and they announced he died this week. Vassar's attitude and creativity helped shape me. I idolized him for yeras and after my Dad died, the way Vassar approached his music gave me an example of how to approach my life with creativity and the attitude that there are no boundaries, no preconcieved notion of what music should be, just make sure you add yourself and be creative and honest.
I am not ashamed that I cried sitting there in my truck this afternoon. He was a great man. I have special memories of my time with Vassar. Two thoughts which come to mind, one when I told him I wanted to take some closeups of that incredible fiddle of his, he haned it over to me without hesitation and as I crossed the studio I tripped over a camera cable the fiddle flew in the air and my heart stopped.
But by some miracle everything went into slo motion and it settled right back into my hands without a scratch and as always he was cool and gracious about the whole thing. The second thought was when we were shhoting an on the road piece we were traveling to New York on Vasssars bus and had stopped for the night in York, PA when we heard on the radio that John Lennon had been shot. When we set up the atmosphere was somber but Vassar went on stage and kicked off the Orange Blossom Special and as always magic filled the air.
That was the same nite Vassar hit me up for a few bucks. He said millie wouldn't let him have any money and he'd pay me back. Always true to his word he paid, I think he slipped the money out of Millie's purse when she wasn't looking. I just picture that jam session in Heaven with John HartfordVassar and the other greats and Millie making sure everything comes off just right.
Working co-producing Full Circle was a highlight of my career. To watch him was art in everyway, to listen was always a joy and to have known him was an honor. I will see you again!!! Despite his legenary status, he was always humble, affable and very generous with everyone. He was the musical grandfather for all that were blessed to be in his presence. We still are blessed by the music and legacy he has left behind. Guess we'll all find out in the sweet by-and-by.
Your contributions to the American music scene live on You changed my life, and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Kissimmee Kid! He smiles with his eyes, but the lines on his face, told me as much as the tunes he plays So mister play your fiddle please And it was an awsome experience to hear and watch him create beautiful music,thank God for all of the great music that came through Vasser.
God be you until we meet again. Heaven has a fiddler I wrote this one evening here in my office. That is where I get my comfort from this loss in knowing that this worlds loss is truly heavens gain. Vassar The music that this man would play, You could tell was Heaven sent. Not another person on this earth, Could move that bow like him.
You could tell it came from within his heart, By the look upon his face. He loved to play Vassillie, He would hold her with such tender grace. I'd try and watch his fingers move, And maybe catch a lick or two. I almost wore my tape out rewinding, Thinking Lord what did he do? I talked with him at length one day, So glad that he had the time. Why I felt like a million dollars, Talkin to this hero of mine. As we talked he shared a story, You could feel his heart was full of Love.
For you see he told me about his saviour, About his God and all his Love. Now his earthly race is over, I know in Heaven he will stand. So play on old Brother Vassar, Heavens band is almost complete. Why I bet they have a spot for you. Close to Jesus will be your seat.
Someday we'll get to talk again, Why, I might even learn a lick or two. But what makes Heaven such a lovely place, It's filled with loving folks like Millie and you. You were an explorer and now you have a whole new territory. Go rest high on that mountain! I got a chance to see him once playing with David Allan Coe's band. He was Truely one of the best! It is a comfort zone in a sense. Comfort from the great loss, of such a truly wonderful human being.
It is a comfort zone from the rest of the crazy world we live in. It is here, in this book, when we can see first hand, up close and personal, that we see the true value of love and friendship.
That is really does exist. That everyone who has written a little something, fan, friend, or fellow musician, the genuine kindness and gratitude and most humbleing is here on these pages. I have met a lot of wonderful, kind people and some of you are here, in this book. Yet never have I met a kinder person, a more gentle soul than I have in Vassar Clements.
Vassar's smile goes a mile ALL of the time. He was a gentleman in the truest sense. Always warm and sincere when he greeted you. And whether you met him for the first time or have had the honor to know him, he would always treat you like he has known you all of his life. A little of the shock wore off yesterday and the tears just rolled.
This saying hold true today. When God made Vassar, he most definitly broke that mold, for there never will be another soul who's heart is pure as gold.
My heart breaks that I could not make it down today to say goodbye, but I am there with all of you in spirit as we lay this great man to rest today.
Emmett J. Scannell
May you rest in peace with your dear dear Millie. Thank you again for you. As you go with God our prayers go with you and your family. That they have strength and comfort and support to carry on and go forward. We will miss you terribly, but we'll meet again and it would be just like you to remember. God bless you all. It was thru him I had the pleasure of meeting Vassar. He is loved and respected by the world that knew him.
USA, planet earth - Saturday, August 20, at Reading all of the entries brings tears to my eyes. Vassar will absolutely live on as long as his music lives in our hearts. My deepest sympathies to the family. How fortunate we all are to have been touched by Vassar in so many ways.
He looked at me and said, "It sure feels nice to have dropped it, and not have lost it. Hope he is in heaven and very closely to hi belobved wife and friends like Jerry Garcia. Vassar was the best and always will be. He should be the standard all other musicians be measured up to from his music and to his kindness and consideration of everyone he met.
I remember when I met him he acted as though he knew me all my life and remembered me evertime our paths crossed. It has been said that to live in the hearts of others is to never really die. Vassar will never die and no one will ever surpass him musically.
I will miss you. Midge your mother would have been very proud of the way you took over in her shoes and kept the show running. May God bless and comfort you and your family. My one encounter with him is one of my most treasured bluegrass memories of all, and I would miss him as strongly had we never met.
Such powerful fiddling could only be matched by the hugeness of his heart. I loved his music and his sound. I am so sorry for your loss, my great grandson lost his dad to the same thing and unfortunately never got to meet him as Kenny passed 2 months before Cameron was born. My prayers are with you and your family. J Schreck of Chicago, IL wrote: I want to express my sincere condolences.
I lost my 21 yr old son to this demon almost 2 yrs ago, my heart breaks for you. This is just a temporary separation Dina Pogroszewski of Charleston, SC wrote: I am so sorry for your loss, I did not know Emmett but his obituary was shared on my Facebook page. You and your family are I. My thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss may god bless his soul!! Connie of Cottontown tn wrote: Sorry for your loss. I too lost my son to a heroin overdose Almost a year ago. Hugs and love to you all Dee cymbura of Tewksbury.
My deepest sympathy to your family. May your son rest in peace. I applaud your bringing to light substance abuse. To many people hide it. It really needs to be brought to everyone s attention. May God bless your family. Lisa marcello of West boylston wrote: I did not know Emmett and saw this post my heartfelt sympathy to the loss of your loved one taken too soon. Helen kingsley of East bridgewater wrote: I do not know you or your son but I am so sorry that this disease has taken your son.
Thank you for setting up a fund to help bring awareness to this devastating condition. I did not know Emmett himself or family but, i am so sorry for your loss. Its so sad that this has such a hold on people it takes them away from those who love and care about them. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
I am sooooo sorry to hear about the loss of Emmett. He was such an awesome person. He will be dearly missed. Thank you to the family for helping to shine a light on the issues with drugs. They harm and hopefully we can work on that so we don't lose anyone else! Jessica Corriveau of Kannapolis, NC wrote: Bless your soul sweet Angel!
I'm so blessed to have known you, and will never forget you!! Elena livote of Revere, ma wrote: First let me say, I am truly sorry for your loss. I did not know your son. I can't even begin to imagine your pain!!! I commend your honesty!!! So many people want to sugar coat the truth, but this epidemic needs to be put out there. Not hidden in the shadows.
Again I can't imagine living in your nightmare. May your son rest in paradise and fly with the Angels. Judi Brost of Wausau, WI wrote: I am so very sorry for your unbelievable loss.
I too lost my daughter almost 7 years ago to a heroin overdose at the age of I thank you for your honest and heartfelt obituary and I hope it will bring more awareness to this disease. I'm so sorry for the grief journey that you are just beginning. It is difficult and cannot be done alone. I volunteer for a local grief ministry. Please feel free to contact me via email and I can share with you some of the resources I tap into during this lifelong journey.
Love and light to you. Lisa of New Bedford wrote: So sorry for your loss I commend your family for writing a beautiful obituary. Thank you for spreading awareness regarding substance abuse. I will pray for your family and his soul. I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are for your family to heal after this tragic loss.
Thank you for sharing his obituary and shining a light on this terrible disease. Victoria Reynolds of Hanson, ma wrote: Praying for your family at this difficult time. So very sorry for your loss, incomprehensible even though this epidemic has reached all of us, we all know someone that has been touched by this disease. I am in tears that we are still fighting this battle. You are so brave and loving to be so open and honest about this epidemic disease for it is that.
I am so sorry and at a loss for words. Emmett will live on through you and never be forgotten. Melissa Waddell of Worcester, Ma. My deepest condolences in the loss of your son. I wish to say thank you for your courage in speaking the truth of the circumstances of his passing. Too many families sweep it under the rug. It is time to stop the stigma. This IS a disease. A disease which carries tragic and very real consequences, not only for the addict but also for the families.
I myself am in recovery from active addiction. I've been clean for six years. We too chose to tell the truth in his obituary. Not enough families are able to overcome the stigma around the disease of addiction to tell the truth. I pray these obituaries can help even one person to find the courage to seek treatment. My prayers are with the family in this difficult time. You are not alone. Jane Woods of PHiladelphia wrote: I also lost my son, Ethan in He was a 20 year old college student who was also in recovery.
The demon came back and took him from me. He fought valiantly but is was just too strong to overcome. Kimberly Walker of Worcester, Ma wrote: My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this tragic time.
Thank you for sharing a segment of your son's story. We need to realize that substance use disorder does not discriminate. It affects us all. Edwin Sutton of Pittsfield, MA wrote: I did not know Emmett but wanted his family to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I have been clean for over nine years but have two daughters struggling with Substance Use Disorder. I wanted to thank you for your honesty because your honesty will save lives! A beautiful life lost way too soon. My heart goes out to you all and will keep you in my prayers. Katie of Buzzards Bay ma wrote: May godspeed your hearts. Rest in peace youn man. God bless your soul and all who love you and all who still suffer from this heartbreaking disease. But only for the grace of God the go i Mick Cahrenger wrote: I'm am so sorry for your loss.
I own a monument company and I sit across the desk from multiple grieving families every year because their child couldn't kick the habit. Chances are his cell phone contains the number of his drug dealer please press your local police to pursue him and get him off the streets. Again my condolences Scott Berry of Rockland Ma wrote: I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to Emmetts family. Emmett impacted so many people in a positive way in his short time with us, it it truly amazing. I love you buddy.
Cathy Schillaci of Rome New York wrote: My heart breaks for your pain. Your strength and courage inspires me. I also have a son who has the disease of addiction so I understand the struggles. Hugs prayers and anything I can do to make a difference to help. Cathy Schillaci Thomas Damon and family of Framingham ma wrote: I'm so sorry for your loss the disease is taking so many good people and such young people now as well. I also suffer addiction but I'm in treatment with almost a year sober so I know first hand how hard this battle is.
Please know that this disease is the only thing that is stronger than love. I will keep your family in my prayer's and again I'm so so sorry for your loss. Gail Bogdanovich of Belchertown MA wrote: Sue,saw the post on Facebook and my heart is heavy for all of you. You were the most wonderful mother too My heartfelt sympathy to all of you in your family. Your openness of Emmett's on going battle is a bright light in a world where so much is kept hidden.
From a parent just beginning the fight, my condolences and appreciation of your honesty. I don't want to feel like I have to hide my love of my child because he is an addict. I want to be able to seek love, prayers and understanding just as if he had any illness. I send you my prayers, and may his spirit find peace from the demon that took him too soon.
Cindy walker of Wakefield Ma wrote: So very sorry for your lose. This epidemic is so out of control and with more people like you were win this war Kim Kiernan of Canton wrote: God bless all of you for your loss and you message. Emmett is safe and at peace. I know you can't find comfort with that right now because he should be here with you. Please know you are all in my prayers lisa of rensselaer ny wrote: I'm very sorry for your lose. Reading the obituary Emmett sounds like a amazing person my he rest in peace and many your family heal from your loss.
Lisa Michele of NY wrote: I would like to help spread awareness about substance use disorder and changing laws and giving support and hope. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. It is a terrible disease that literally tears your heart. May you find comfort in knowing that his legacy will live on and hopefully save someone's life.
A bereaved Mom Marlo R wrote: So sorry for your loss michelle eader wrote: I didnt know your son nor your family. I keep you in our prayers. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort You. It is tragic how many lives are affected by addiction.
I truly am sorry for the loss of your son. Prayers that bringing forth awareness may save the life of someone going through the same battle, that unfortunately,your son lost. Also, prayers of strength and love as you endure the unmeasureable pain you have. Denise of Swansea, Ma wrote: Please accept my deepest condolences.
Thank you for sharing Emmett's story and for caring about the lives of others. Emmett sounds like an amazing young man May God Bless you bring you comfort during this time of loss. Nicky Jenkins of Shelby, N. I am so sorry for your family's loss. I imagine the pain seems unbearable. Thank you for sharing your most painful time of your life to help save others and raise awareness. May your sons passing be a blessing to many others I do not even know how I stumbled upon this page but I did and felt such a strong need to express my feelings so I hope that you find this message as heartfelt as it was meant.
I did not know your son but believe me when I say that your sons passing has touched mine and many others lives. Wayne T Kenney of Bridgewater, Ma wrote: I found him to be a person impossible not to like. Lisa Hallstrom of Maynard, MA wrote: Although I did not know Emmett, I wanted to thank you for posting this beautiful piece on Substance Abuse Disorder so that we call all raise awareness of this disease that is taking so many of our precious children.
I send prayers for all of your healing. Karen Farley of Cary, NC wrote: I'm truly sorry for your unimaginable loss. He obviously was an awesome young man.
My son has battled crack addiction for years. I have been sober in AA for 33 years. I've watched many die. I salute you for the honesty in the obituary and your pledge to help bring awareness about this disease-disorder. May God bless you and your grieving family. Kathy Blair of Scotia, NY wrote: Prayers for the family. I to am a mother of an addict. Jeri of Michigan wrote: You don't know me, but I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss.
I am experiencing the results of substance abuse disorder with my grandson. He's been to jail many times and prison and several rehabs and he still is fightingthis terrible addiction.
Everytime my phone rings I feel like it's someone telling me he has died. He's such a nice young man when he is sober, but like the one man said heroin is his number one love. His girlfriend died of an overdose and I'm so fearful the same will happen to him.
I want to thank you for bringing this to light for everyone. So many say they"died unexpectedly". This is a terrible disease and problem and needs to be brought to everyone's attention. I admire you for that. I will pray for you and Emmett, but realize that Emmett's pain is over, he is now in God's arms.
Jessica of Harrisburg PA wrote: I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Too many people dying from this horrible disease. I was almost 1 of them on February 3, I am a recovering drug addict of opioids and benzodiazepines. I am trying to make my voice heard with many sources and I want you to know that I am praying hard to God and asking that someone would hear me. My heart breaks for your family and for your son. I don't know any of you, but I feel as though that I do because of this horrible disease.
May the Lord bless and keep you in his care as you mourn the loss of this precious life that was taken. You will all be in my prayers. Rest in Victory my friend as you no longer have to battle this horrific disease.
Tamila Mendoza of Anaheim ca wrote: I pray for all of the efforts to bring awareness and save many lives.
So sad this drug is the devil so very sorry for your loss prayers your way Anne of Franklin ma wrote: I never had the pleasure of meeting your son, but I have 3 sons of my own. I can only imagine the pain that comes in the wake of a parents worst nightmare.
I hope it's of some small comfort to know that mothers everywhere are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers.
My deepest sympathy to the family. It sounds like your son was a fine young man who gave all he had to fight his disease. This drug is so evil. The evil drug may have won here on earth with your son but it has no power where he lives today. Peace be with you and yours.
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Maria Halloran brand of Albany ny wrote: I saw this on facebook and felt compelled to write you and send my deepest condolences on the loss of your son i cant imagine what you are going through. You are all in my thoughts n prayers. I really wanted to thank you i admire you for your honesty and your obituary was moving it hit home i am sure for alot of people.
I wish more ppl would do what you did and be honest about substance abuse there is so many of our children dying from this. Everyone should read the obituary you wrote to show it can affect anyone from any walk of life. Thank you for sharing this in an effort to prevent others from this disorder.
Prayers for your family. Colleen of Warren, Michigan wrote: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I don't know any of you but I have lived the struggle every day for the last six years with my own son.
May you find peace and please know there are so many moms and dads and sisters and brothers whose hearts and love are with you. I am so so sorry for the loss of your wonderful Son.
I wanted to say that I think it is so brave and wonderful for you to include all of the information about substance use disorder. He had wonderful parents and family.
Again, I'm so sorry. Thinking of you and your family Anne Rasmussen of Odessa,Florida wrote: I did not know Emmitt Scannell but I do know what it is like to love your child battling addiction. My heart goes out to Emmitts family. Thank you for sharing during this heartbreaking time for all those that loved Emmitt. It is a battle we continue to fight Karen Quinn of braintree, ma wrote: I'm so very sorry for your losses. He died way too young.
PLease accept my prayers and condolences. Carol of Carver, ma wrote: I did not know Emmett, but he had such a bright future. There are just to many of our young people losing their lives to this terrible disease.
How sad Carole Tivnan of South Yarmouth wrote: So sorry for your lose my thoughts an prayers are with you I lost my son in not easy but good will come from it believe me it will Carolyn Dunnet of Tampa FL wrote: I did not know your son, but I know the pain of losing a loved one to the effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Its a gut wrenching feeling. My Prayers are with your family, Donna faiella of Hyde park wrote: I am sorry I feel your pain just lost my brother last week to overdose when is this gonna end to young Ron Cellana of Brooklyn, New York wrote: I'm so sorry for your loss, my so called friend said try this back inI was hooked and I did things that I'm not proud of just to get my next fix.
The withdrawals are awful and you need the next fix just to function. I ODed, found in my car passed out, I finally had the nerve to call my brother, he got me in to a detox in North Carolina and been clean ever since. I won't even take prescription medications. They should lock these dealers up and give them there own drugs. My prayers and Blessings are with your family at this time in your lives. Paul Cartwright of Bridgewater, Massachusetts wrote: I was very saddened to learn that Emmett had passed away.
I was lucky enough to be one of Emmett's youth soccer coaches. Emmett was an outgoing, smart, talented and caring individual. You always knew when Emmett had arrived to practice or to a game.
He had an uncanny ability to make everyone laugh and to put everyone in a good mood. Words cannot explain how sad I am that this awful disease has taken such a brilliant young man with such a promising future. Jennifer of Scottsburg Indiana wrote: May God Bless you and your family.
I'm a little sister to a user who is about to go go rehab. She is 37 and been doing drugs for 15 years. I know what you have went through and I pray I never have to go through what your going through now. I don't know you all but I will keep you in my prayers for many days to come and I pray God will heal your hearts.
I know death isn't easy but it's about of living. Just don't give up on your faith and no God will never leave you in our times of pain. If you need to talk feel free to write me.
I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I know someone who lost her soon from it to and she now talking to other parents.
If you would like her info I could give it to you. God be with you and your family. Amen Resa Audet of Belmont nh wrote: Grieving your wrenching loss As a teacher and parent of a 24 and 17 year old I carry a constant concern that this heinous, crippling scourge could cripple an entire generation. May joy in and memories of your amazing son bring some measure of peace as you grapple with this most staggering loss. I don't know any of you, but this effects a close loved one of mine.
I hope you find some kind of comfort, my heart hurts for you. Bob Reynolds of Iva, South Carolina wrote: Billy, I'm so sorry to have heard about the loss of your son. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Marie ponsot of Oceanside ny wrote: My heart goes out to Emmet's family. I will keep you in my prayers and am so sorry that Emmet became another victim of Heroin.
I'm very sorry you lost your beautiful and talented son to drugs. I lost my son to multi-drug toxicity two years ago and I can imagine the pain you are feeling. Special hugs to you, mama, as you go through the grief of losing a child you gave birth to. I hope your boy will rest in peace forever. Taryn Aiken of pleasant grove wrote: What a honest and moving tribute. I am grateful for ky membership in AA and God willing I never have to find out what its like to go back.
This nessage will save lives. I am forwarding to my friend who just had another overdose. God bless you and may your sweet Emmett rest in peace. He joins my father who also died from the disease. So sadden to hear of the passing of a beautiful smart young man, addictions are claiming too many of our loved ones my prayers go out to you and your family The Raymonds of Putnam, CT wrote: Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
The Lord has taken him home where he will no longer suffer from that terrible disease. On behalf of our family thank you for your attention to the very disease that our daughter has been afflicted with. Heartfelt prayers for your family. We recently experienced the loss of the son of one of our dearest friends. No words can express our sadness for all of you. Barbara Semenkow of Lincoln, RI wrote: Indeed, this disorder is claiming many.
Thank you for sharing during such a difficult time. This is a powerful tribute. Cate Brand of Falmouth, MA wrote: First of all, there are not enough words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss.
I have children and can't even think about them being taken away- just the thought is too much for my soul to bear. Not enough tears to wash away the pain. Big hugs and prayers for strength for your family. Secondly, thank you for sharing your story- that took great courage. While I did not know Emmett or any other family member, I wanted to express my heartfelt and deepest sympathies.
June 13, I lost my only child, my 22 year old son, DJ to Substance Use Disorder after a sudden relapse with one dose of heroin. I pray daily that no other family has to know the pain we have become all too familiar with. I am truly sorry but thank you for working to bring about awareness and change. The burden seems to have been left to the survivors of those so deeply affected. Lisa Pletz of Harrisburg, PA wrote: My deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful son. And I want to thank you for the bravery of allowing the world to understand why you are grieving so deeply.
Friends in my church recently suffered the same kind of loss, and this horrible disease must see the light of day if we are ever to eradicate it. Your family will be in my prayers. I don't know you or your family, but I was greatly moved by this tribute to your son. Your openness and willingness to share is inspiring and I wish you all the best for your and your family. And I am inspired and moved by your loving and soulful and beautiful tribute to your son.
Somewhat at a loss for words. I understand this disorder and have lived it and hope to carry your message as we all go rough this journey. Thank you for sharing this Wayne Nathan Stacie spinney of patterson ny wrote: I'm so very sorry for your lost.
I too lost my daughter to heroin. I hold a walk for recovery in loving memory of her. It will be may 28 th this year at the Patterson park on maple avenue in Patterson ny you can email me with any questions Karen wrote: I did not know Emmett, but I respect his family for sharing their truth. May this be his one final gift to the world and hopefully it will help others in their struggle. May he rest in peace now and may his survivors remember the good times and stay strong.
Cynthia Jurgensen of Brigham city, Utah wrote: My heart and soul are with you, your family and dear son, Emmett. Drug addiction is a real and horrible affliction for many people and families. My heart breaks with every life taken by thus affliction. Marina of Harwich wrote: My nephew also died at 22 from an overdose, his father, my brother, died two months later from a broken heart. God bless you and your family and my prayers to all of you and to Emmett. Vicky Hagerman of Houston, Pa.
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son, grandson, brother, nephew, and cousin. I can't imagine the pain you must be going through right now. My son is 34 days clean and has been revived twice with Narcan.
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I just wanted to extend my deepest sympathy and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Theresa Kelly of Grand Blanc wrote: Thank you for being so frank in your obituary.
I am a school social worker, I have watched kids struggle with substance abuse. Unfortunately, many people try to gloss over their pain. It is only when we come face to face with their issues that we can conquer them. I will pray for your family to come to peace with this horrible loss. Susan western of North Ogden, UT wrote: May you be blessed with many tears. I lost my beloved son a little over a month. He was only I felt the wonderful presents of the power of prayer.
I will pray for comfort for your family. The message you are putting out there will hopefully help others. Deborah Pickering of milton wrote: My son died same kind of death,same funeral home also. Brian Scannell of Raynham, MA wrote: I will always remember your humility, sense of humor, creativity, compassion, intelligence and natural athletic ability.
I loved you from the first moment I met you and I will forever miss you. I looked forward to our nightly wrestling matches in Holbrook. It was always Uncle Bri vs. I must admit, it was also a pleasure annoying my brother on a nightly basis. I am sure Zack would agree that you and I shared this talent. Boys will be boys I guess and they will always enjoy annoying their siblings. I loved spending every 4th of July with you at the house in Maine and I cannot even imagine what it will be like without your laughter and mischievous sense of humor.
I had so much fun swimming, fishing, wet biking, boating and especially inner-tubing with you and Zack. You guys nick-named me "Shamu" because I was the whale that you could not knock off of the innertube as we raced around corners and jumped through the waves in pig pile formation. We all took spills and "Shamu" definitely drank his fair share of Lake Pennaseewassee. I know you did as well. I didn't know it at the time, but those were some of the most memorable experiences of my life.
I always admired you for the kindness that you showed the little ones. You could be a real pain in the neck to me, Mike and your Dad, but I never once saw you treat Alice, Carley, or Riley with anything but unconditional love and kindness.
You were always a gentleman around the girls. That is a tribute to your true character. I will forever hate the drug heroin because it robbed me of a full life experience with you. I will not see you at every holiday party, I will not see you graduate from college.
I will not see you get your first good job. I will not see you marry. I will not see you buy your first home. I will not meet your children. I will not get to see your next Harley Davidson and I will not get to hug you when we need each other's love and support. I hate heroin because I loved you so much. You were a part of me and that part of me is gone forever.
That is very difficult to accept and I don't know when I will be able to fully accept it. I just hope that I will learn to live with it. I apologize for being angry with you. I was mad because your disorder was stealing you away from all of us. I blamed you, when I should have blamed the disorder.
I should have tried to understand your disorder and I should have tried to help you more. I own those decisions and I just hope that I can learn to live with it. Thank you for bringing me so much joy, so much laughter and so many unforgettable experiences. Until we meet again my friend. Im so sorry for your loss. I'm so glad someone has the courage to tell it like it is.
You never know who ends up addicted. I do not know you personally, but my son is also an addict. He has been clean for 2 plus years. I pray everyday that he doesn't go back out there. I'm so sorry that Emmett could not fight and win his battle. I'm so sorry for your loss, to lose such a beautiful and young person.
My thoughts are with you as you help each other in your grief. I'm a drug counselor and sober close to 27 years. If there is anything I can do for your family. Your son looks beautiful and I'm sure he was. Thanks for choosing to be honest in the Obit. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I work in a drug and alcohol halfway house for the state. I watch first hand the devastation this disease this brings to wonderful people and their families. Praying for your family Dawn Andalft-Newman of Plymouth wrote: I am so sorry for you loss and am in awe of your courage!
Thanks you from one TAM to another for sharing Emmett's story! Lori Whitman of Wales, MA wrote: I am so very sorry for you and your family's loss, rest in peace Emmett, I never met you but you surely left this earth far too soon and I'm so sorry that this evil drug ever touched your life. Prayers for your family God bless each and everyone in your family.
Diane Rogers of Alpharetta, GA wrote: Emmett can now rest in peace free from the hold of heroin. I did not know Emmett or his family, but his obituary brought me to tears.
Reading all the entries from near and far, many who did not know Emmett just shows that his passing was not in vain. Your courage and honesty about his brave struggle with addiction has touched so many. I did not lose a child this disorder, but I was married to a man that did have substance abuse disorder. I understand and empathize with the pain and suffering that this has caused Emmett and his loved ones.
The angst and uncertainty, the sleepless nights, and endless worry May Emmett rest in peace and may you find comfort in knowing that he touched so many with his story.
Laura of N Providence RI wrote: My son has a substance abuse disorder and it is absolutely the worst problem in the world today. I will pray for all of you. Linda Duncanson of Ayer, Ma. My thoughts are with your family. Tom Murphy of Lexington, KY wrote: I share in your sadness, for Substance Use Disorder is a disease which is all too prevalent.
I am so sorry for you loss. I did not know him but my son did. He live across the hall from him last year and really liked him. He was very upset when they all got the news of his passing. Our hearts go out to you and your family at the loss of your son. May he rest in peace Mary Murphy of Springfield, Oregon wrote: I am so so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. I know first-hand the tragedies of substance abuse.
I am sharing your story as you requested, to reach out to other mothers and fathers who struggle with this demon. So very sorry for you loss. Thanks for your bravery to raise awareness of this terrible disease. God bless you and your family. Deb Voellinger of Fairport,NY wrote: I never had the opportunity to meet Emmett or any members of his family.
I am so so so sorry for this abysssmal loss. I know that Emmett is finally at peace and suffers torment no more. I wish for awesome memories and closure for your entire family.
Thank you for sharing his story. Val of Omaha ne wrote: Aimee and William you don't know me but I could easily be you. My heart breaks for your family and your beautiful son who was robbed of his life and all his potential by this horrible disease.
Prayers for all of your family and friends. Janice Carlson of Pocasset ma wrote: Sorry for your loss Caroline Rothenberg of Fort Myers, Fl wrote: I am so sorry for your loss and I absolutely feel uour pain. My twenty-four-year-old sin, Jonathan died from a heroin overdose a month ago tomorrow. Something must be done to stop this epidemic.
Prayers and hugs sent your way. I didn't know your family or your son, but reading your words and bringing awareness to his struggles, I just had to reach out- Your bravery at such a difficult time is extraordinary- there is a HUGE need for awareness- my daughter recently almost lost a classmate due to a heroin overdose- This was a clean-cut farm boy who got hooked at college due to "boredom"!!!
They say it's not addictive, nothing will happen because there's Narcan now, etc, etc!!! Kids now think they're invincible! God Bless your family for coming forth and bringing more attention to this! Rena McFadden of Lubec Maine wrote: I am so sorry for Emmett family. My deepest sympathy goes out to you.
I wish someone would get the big guy of drugs and take him out just the way they have done to our children. I have a granddaughter 24 on this stuff and I worry ever day and night. She won't accept help says she doesn't need it. My heart goes out to you and your family. Praying for your family. Too many young people are dying needlessly. Katy Kelly of Washington, DC wrote: The loss of a child is so very hard.
Your frank obituary for your beloved son is a courageous act that I hope will inspire all of us, especially our lawmakers, to find a better solution to our national drug problem. With deep sympathy, Katy Kelly Cindy of Newaygo wrote: I did not know your son, nor have I ever met you. I want to thank you for your honesty about Substance Abuse.
May you find a little peace knowing so many people are fighting against this terrible disease of addiction. I can only imagine how hard it is to share your experience but you are honoring your son by shedding light on this epidemic. If it can happen to such a wonderful young man, it can happen to anyone. Vickie Rzepiejewski of Pardeeville,WI wrote: My sincere sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Colleen Denham of Webster MA wrote: I saw Emmett's obituary on Facebook and my heart breaks for your family. I lost my nephew 8 weeks ago today as he took his own life at the age of He struggled with Substance Abuse Disorder for 10 years; his drug of choice being heroin.
I agree that there is nothing to be ashamed of and that there needs to be something done.