A Letter to Oliver

Dear Oliver,


It was one year ago today that you and I both completed the Ironman 70.3 in Hawaii. Even though I was initially fearful and reluctant, you encouraged me that we could do it together. You believed in me even more than I believed in myself. In the end, it was a defining moment in both our lives and a memory I’ll always cherish.


Oliver, you were truly an incredible person: Fun-loving, thoughtful, and adventurous. Whether it was a trip to Hawaii for the Ironman, a three-day long bike ride to DC with Dixon and me, or a trip to Vegas just to celebrate life; you were truly that friend that was up-for-anything.


Yet, your personality went beyond that of just having fun with friends.


You truly valued and appreciated the relationships in your life. Even when you lived in Erie or Chicago, I saw you just as often, if not more so, than my friends in Pittsburgh. You always made the time and effort for those you loved, and made us all feel special.


You volunteered at animal shelters and raised money for pets in need. You helped plan and organize my bachelor party. The tribute video you did for your mother in Hawaii was beautiful. You were witty, creative, talented, funny, and caring.


In your life, you went from a juvenile detention facility, to an engineering degree from Penn State Behrend, to designing locomotives with high-level executives. That’s quite the journey!


I’ll miss you more than words can fully express. I love you, Oli. Your spirit lives on in all of us who loved you too.


Your friend forever,


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