Thursday, November 08, 2007

In memorium

Trying to say anything at all seems utterly inadequate to the moment and the sense of loss and disbelief. Not to try however seems even more insufficient to the need at least to register a note that might resonate somewhere in the empty void where we find ourselves living without our friend. Six months ago he was the picture of health and bound for another adventure overseas. Two days ago, he died, succumbing to leukemia.
Phil Donaghy 1972 -2007
He reached out to us when we were alone and seeking friends in France. He gave freely of himself and made us grateful for his friendly ministries. He loved his wife and two little children. He was curious by nature and unafraid to explore the unknown or the unfamiliar. He thought a lot about how to live well, and he devoted himself to the task of bringing those thoughts into harmony with what he did and said. He was in so many ways an excellent and an exemplary young man. He lived a short time, and he left us all too suddenly, but he left an indelible mark on all of us who knew him. It is a mark that signifies life's love of life. We honor that mark and so he lives in us.


Anonymous erin said...

Dad, I'm so sorry that your friend is gone. It's obvious that his beautiful spirit lives in your heart, though, and I think that that is the best way to honor someone we love.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anne Donaghy said...

Thank you Kevin for this wonderful text you wrote about my dear husband Phil. Yes, he left us way too early. I always thought that things are happening for a good reason but this time I do not see the good reason ...
Phil is gone but he is still here in our hearts, forever. Peace.


8:46 AM  
Anonymous Melvin Pells said...

That's right that it's difficult to find the words in that moments but your text is really wonderful...
I knew Phil when he arrived in L├Ęge, he bought the house just in front of mine, and I can say without making mistake that he was someone very nice.
One day, with my father, we invited him to diner and I remember that he came with a bag of oranges because he wanted to bring something to us and it was the only thing he had in his house at this time.
Yes, Phil was someone really generous and really endearing and these are the reasons why he will live forever in us.

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was trying to track down Phil who was a college roomate at IUP and found this. I'm so sorry to hear the news, Phil was a wonderful person, a talented guitar player, a good friend even though we lost touch, and we had some great time together for a couple of years at IUP. I regret not being able to enjoy his company again and extend my deepest condolences, although much belated, to his family.

James Collingwood - Mohnton, PA

3:49 PM  

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