Today is a really hard day for me because I feel like I have lost my best
friend and my protector. My brother would always stand up for his family and he
would always keep me safe no matter what. He wasn't selfish, he looked out for
us and we loved him more for it. Jake always knew how to make us laugh when we
were sad. He was always livening up the room with his quick wit and great sense
of humor. I remember I was upset about someone teasing me at school and he put
on a full routine complete with a pretend microphone to make me smile. I will
miss Jakeís smile the most. He would laugh right along with you, he loved to
laugh. I think that there is something to say about someone who didnít feel like
everything needed to be taken so seriously.
There were so many things Jake was good at. I think the entire cheerleading
squad and girls in the stands swooned when he ran out on the field. He was a
loyal friend who would go to bat for the people he loved. There wasnít anything
he wouldnít do for someone he cared about and that was one of his many amazing
qualities. Aside from loving to make you laugh he also loved to cook for you. He
was funny as he talked through all the things he was doing in the kitchen to
prepare the meal and sprinkling in some of his mojo. I am going to miss how his
eyes crinkled when he got serious or needed to give you really good advice. We
canít really understand why he was taken away from us, and I thought about this
all night because I want to know why someone so bright and happy is no longer
here with us. My brother was very bright, kind, giving, and special to everyone
here. I know we all have great memories of times he made us laugh, or helped us.
I think these are the best things to remember about him.
Today the sun shines through the range as we picture his sweet smiling face
among the angels, no longer in pain. It is those left behind that must deal with
the pain and loss we feel and while they are considerable, we can take comfort
in knowing that he is where he is supposed to be, and one day we will see him
again. When we remember what a fun person Jake was we canít help but smile, and
as much as I am hurting today I know he is in a better place. I want us all to
remember to laugh and smile, and have fun every day, because we only get one
life, and if we learned anything from my brother, we learned to enjoy our lives
all the time because we arenít guaranteed tomorrow. I love you Jake, and thank
you for all being here to celebrate my wonderful brotherís full life.