Prayers for Old Friends

by Bill Brenner on April 22, 2011

This morning my thoughts and prayers are with the Jones family, who mourn the loss of a daughter and sister.

Mood music:

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Twenty years ago, I would hang out with this family for days on end.

Jeff Jones (he goes by Geoff Wolfe today) was my fellow Doors freak, and I remember many pleasant afternoon’s and evenings in their back yard. I was there for July 4 1991, which I remember because someone slammed into my car and took off that night. The car, a 1981 Mercury Marquis, never ran right again. I got pretty smashed that night.

The next year, we celebrated the 4th by blowing up a mannequin with M-80s.

I remember their children, Josh and Sarah, running around the house and yard.

We had a mutual friend in Bob Biondo, a kid who must have weighed in excess of 400 pounds. He had long, curly hair and always wore a cap and trench coat to hide his girth. He supplied me with a lot of weed and cigarettes and he was another mainstay in the Revere basement.

At some point in the early 90s I decided I was getting too grown up to hang around with these people. So I stopped coming around.

I moved to Lynnfield and made sure Biondo didn’t know where I lived. I simply stopped calling the Jones house.

What I didn’t know at the time was that I was beginning a deep slide into depression and addiction. I cut myself off from a lot of people and started to isolate myself.

Thanks to Facebook, I recently reconnected with the Jones family.

Yesterday, I received word that Sarah died.

As a parent, I shudder violently as I think of what Deb and Geoff are going through.

Fortunately, they have a strong Faith. As Deb said on her Facebook page yesterday:

“For those of you grieving … don’t! My daughter is at peace in the arms of her Lord. No more worries, no more pain. Remember the wonderful times you had with her. She was a very special person. Our lives will never be the same, but as for Sarah, she is fine.”

They can use a lot of prayers right now, so if you can spare some that would be appreciated.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

larry1116 May 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I only knew Sarah for a relatively short time, but during that time she became one of my very best friends. I am sure she is at piece with her Lord. I will always remember how Sarah cared for other people and how she had so much love for her Children. I will always remember her upbeat attitude and I feel blessed for having known her.

Allyson July 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

Sarah was a friend of mine for many years. She had a huge heart and put others before herself. I never laughed as much as when I was with her. I will always cherish those memories.

Jimmy September 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

Bob Biondo had gastric bypass surgery and lost alot of weight. However, the surgery came too late and he died a few years back.

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