We called him Mr. Andy cause I guess it's proper to put Mr or Ms or Mrs in front of peoples' first names or something...

He was the nicest adult neighbor I had. He always talked to me. I would skateboard to him when I saw him checking his mail or something just to chat... He was a great man.

He and his wife and son were buying a vacation home in Colorado for when they want to go skiing and what not. He told me that the last time I talked to him...

Yesterday, he went biking for a while... then did something for his son for marching band practice, then drove home in his truck. He made it home just fine; pulled into the driveway and everything...

Once in the driveway... I guess he had a heart attack or something because he never made it actually into the house. He'd been dead before his wife found him. They tried CPR for more than 40 minutes before pronouncing him gone...

The coroner took almost 3 hours to get there... They laid his dead body on the concrete and covered it with a blanket. I walked halfway to his house before I stopped. My dad walked up to me to warn me the body was still there...

I could somewhat see the blanket from where I was still though... I'm 15 and I saw even the outline of a dead body... A friend.

That's now 2 of my neighbors who've died. Though Mr. Andy was different; he died in the neighbor hood. The other one died in Korea on a business trip.

He will be missed. <3

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skald said over 3 years ago ...

I am sorry for your loss. *****

quietone said over 3 years ago ...

Sorry dancer, that you now have encountered two deaths. But, you know, death is a part of life. From the moment we are born, we start to die. Even as morbid as that may sound to a 15 year old. If you believe in God and believe there is a heaven, just think of what a wonderful place they are in now with no pain or suffering. Hope you will be okay.

uniquely-learning said over 3 years ago ...

death is something a lot of people are uncomfortable with. But like Quiet said, it's part of life. I think it's sad that this neighbor was lost to his family so suddenly. I'm sure with time they will move on. Those who pass on are kept alive in our memories.

yakkstr said over 3 years ago ...

I'm so sorry dancer. I remember the first time I saw a dead person, I was a teenager too, and it brings out so many emotions that the abstract thought of death never did. Keep the fond memories close at hand and the void will fill in time.

d6fer said over 3 years ago ...

hi dancer....that is sad....seeing death 1st hand really can change ones outlook on life....every time we do see it, it makes us reassess our own mortality....I really feel for his wife and son....my own brother died at an early age, leaving a teen age son behind as well.

twirlie said over 3 years ago ...

Oh, dancer, I'm so sorry you had to experience that. It's difficult for even the oldest of us, I guess we just never get used to it. RIP Mr Andy.

soaringraven said over 3 years ago ...

So sorry to hear of your loss. While I am at the other end of the age continuum I still find it difficult to deal with the loss of a friend or loved one. My young grandchildren have had their own experiences with death in their short lives, having lost my dear wife, their great grandfather, my first wife (their biological grandmother) and a young friend at school all in a period of less than three years. It hurts to see anyone go through their first experiences with death.


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