Todd Brissey

Redmond, Washington, US

Civilian

Redmond, US, 02/21/2008

Todd Brissey, you will be forever remembered and always missed……..I got back from the Memorial Service and have such a sense of emptiness still…….the service was amazing. The tears began early on…..in fact, I was out at my car getting the box of tissues at the first song.

There is nothing to describe the feeling that goes through me when someone I know and care about dies at a young age…….I’m sure many people know what I speak of, it doesn’t seem fair, it seems too soon, they seem too young, etc.

Anyhow, back to the Memorial Service……Todd was remembered as the real person he was….I’m glad that certain details were left out, it was the right way to remember such an amazing guy. The Todd we all want to remember was talked about…..the “volume control” part rang so true with all who knew him. Although I did not see Todd or talk to him much recently, there were great memories to be discussed between those of us that grew up on 110th Street in Redmond. Our summers together were fantastic…..riding bikes, climbing trees, just hanging out from sun up to sun down being kids. Not a care in the world when we were all outside playing on our street. A handful of you know exactly what memories I’m talking about. And to you, I just want to say that it was great to reminisce at the bar after the service today………Yet at 11:30pm I still find myself in tears….

I feel so much for Craig and Jackie, it’s so hard to bury a child. I keep thinking how hard it was to bury my son and he was only 3 months old when he died……how much harder must it be to say goodbye to your 26 year old child? I cannot even imagine to that extent……..no matter the age, one thing is the same, a parent should never have to go through that loss…………there is nothing more difficult or backwards in this world. I’m heart broken all over again just thinking of their pain.

It feels like this should be a private diary entry, but at the same time it feels important to share with the world……Todd was an amazing person, a great friend, always fun to be around, and we are all deeply saddened by his death, but deaply touched by his life.

Todd, I am sorry you had to go through the many things you went through and see the awful things you saw in the last few years. I am also sorry I didn’t come visit you immediately when I found out you were in the hospital. It seemed like there would be more time, it didn’t feel like we were all going to have to say goodbye to you at all, let alone so soon.

Rest In Peace my friend, and I hope and pray you are in a better place…..up in heaven looking down on us and enjoying the way we celebrated your life today.

Goodnight.

Todd’s portrait is also on Poster 4