(For Cynthia Giugliano)
We never had the chance to meet. We lived far apart and traveled in different circles. I know you only through the words of others. Those heartfelt, hurt and longing words of those who did know you and miss you so very much. Words that describe a loyal friend, a respected coworker, a person sorely missed.
We never had the chance to meet. You spent your working hours helping people. You made people around you laugh and were there when a friend needed you. Your friends remember someone who was professional, yet also had a sense of humor. A ready smile and a kind word. The people who knew you can still feel you all about, that is how strong your presence was.
We never had the chance to meet. You left a void within those who knew you. That is both a terrible and a wonderful thing. It is terrible for those who miss you so much but a wonderful tribute to you that you left such an impression behind you. I know you only through the words of others who miss you so much. But those words paint a picture of one I would have been proud to have consider me a friend. May you rest in peace knowing that you are so loved and missed.
We never had the chance to meet.
How very sad those words are.
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