By Deborah Cross Werner
I know you witnessed all this from above but the last few weeks have been amazing. Witnessing thoughtfulness and total love from those who have really stuck by us, through thick and thin, has helped us to survive the unspeakable.
On Saturday, September 28, 2019 your great friends CBass (Mike Siegrist) and Amy Petrucelli got married. We were lucky enough to be able to share in their special day. Mike’s dad, Louie, had lapel pins made of a wolf with the number 51 on them. The groomsmen wore them and many of the guests did too. It brought me to tears and it was so special that you are so remembered and loved.
Fast-forward seven days, and many of our friends locally, as well as from Boston, New York, Chicago, and Connecticut came to celebrate you and to support us for the Shatterproof 5K DC walk. Not only did we have the largest team there, but we also raised the second largest amount with almost $22,000 donated! Many thanks to our very generous friends and to the Warren Cross Family Foundation. You would love it that Ben, Sarah and baby Brody were there. Emily B. too. And, Dad was asked to speak this year and he did great!
Last but not least, many of us wanted to keep celebrating you back at our house with some of your favorites: Ledo’s pizza, your Mac & Cheese made by Andrew Feder, and shots of Jamo. Your godfather Jim Petritz gave a fantastic toast to you- you will never be forgotten. You were always famous for bringing great people together and we will always celebrate you.
Werner 5K party – Kneeling: Jim P. Standing from left: Erin G, Rick W, Kevin G, Stephen W, Carol K,
Andrew F, Mark L. Photo-bombing: Jack P and Gershon.
Now that things have calmed down and I have time to reflect on these past couple of days I realize that I will always miss you, my heart will always be broken but we are so lucky we have so many friends and family that have really stuck by us and have helped your memory live on.
We love you Jamie, ”we will never stop fighting for you.“
As Rita Wilson sings:
“So when I’m gone throw me a party,
You should dance as if I was there,
Don’t be sad or brokenhearted
Tell my stories and drink all my wine,
When I am gone
Throw me a party”