2006-11-16 / Letters to the Editor

Lyons will be missed

Jude Lyons, a lifelong resident of Jamestown, passed away on Oct. 18. A memorial Mass was celebrated on Nov. 4 at St. Mark Church. I would like to share with you some thoughts and feelings expressed that day.

Jude had all the qualities of the perfect grandpa. He loved cartoons, he had the best stories to tell, and when he spoke, you listened. Not because he spoke too loudly, but because you wanted to hear what he had to say. You couldn't always understand what he said, but it was the way he said it, and how he would laugh at his own story while he was telling it. I just want Jude to know that I miss seeing his face everyday and hearing him say he's going to be late for whatever started at 8 o'clock.

Just the thought of his mischievous smile makes me laugh. His deep brown eyes whispered that he had more to say than he ever did, but he did not need many words to be understood. Jude taught me to be patient, be there when people need you most, and fight like hell to stand your ground. He demonstrated that talk is over rated. Listening is not. And that sometimes things are just funny and a little charm goes a long way. Never let go of your fond childhood memories and look back, but don't stay. Practice being a gentle soul with a powerful spirit and enjoy the people around you every day. We miss Jude very much.

Lisa Rafferty, executive director,

Bridges, Inc.

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