This morning has been a sad morning for me and many others in my little PSU/Clinton community.
On Facebook I was reminded that 2 years ago we were packing up our apartment in Hoboken to move into our house. Part of me feels like it was such a long time ago, but then there are times that it feels like it was yesterday. I am so grateful that we were able to make this house our home back in 2014, but none of this would have been possible without the help of a very special man. That man was Mr. Thomas Walsh.
I wrote a blog before about how helpful he was in our home buying process and how he constantly put my mind at ease. Yesterday morning Mr. Walsh passed away after a 22 month battle with pancreatic cancer. His family was so courageous throughout his battle. The strength and love they exhibited throughout was beyond admirable. They were, and always will be surrounded by people that love them more than they know, but as someone who has lost someone in my immediate family, I know they are wishing life could just go back to those times before cancer struck their family. I have wished there was something I could do or say to make it better, but I know there unfortunately is not.
When I think back to the process of buying our home and how much I enjoyed seeking out Mr. Walsh’s advice, I can’t help but smile. He was such a joy to work with and I loved his love for his family. Every time we would talk he would update me on his kids (I went to high school and college with 2 of them) and his wife, Carrie. He was so incredibly proud of his family, his Nittany lions, and his little town of Clinton. I never felt like I was talking to a lawyer when I talked to him, I felt like I was talking to one of my best friends that was helping us to make our dream of owning a home come true.
There are so many things I wish I would have said to him when I had the opportunity. Sometimes I think we all forget to express our gratitude or don’t take the time to say enough.
In closing, I would challenge you to take your time in life. Tell people how you feel and express your gratitude at the moment that you are feeling it. Don’t wait…you never know how much time you will actually have with the people that go above and beyond to change your life.
Thank you Mr. Walsh for being a truly amazing human and for being a person I can only hope I will someday be just like. You will certainly be missed. And to the Walsh family, not a minute has gone by that I haven’t thought of you all. You are one strong and beautiful family.
If you’re interested in reading Mr. Walsh’s obituary, you can find it here: http://martinfh.com/tribute/details/831/Thomas-Walsh/obituary.html#tribute-start
Make every day count…💙