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Jesse's Last Ride

Edward D DeFreitas | Published on 10/24/2017

See you down the road

All day today, I kept on finding pennies. I had picked up a habit from my very dear friend of two decades. He would find loose change on the floors and streets as he went through his day and would proudly tell us how much money he had collected this way. Astoundingly, he would readily exceed a hundred dollars a year. Jessie lost his battle with cancer over the Weekend and I'm sure he got on his bike and rode to heaven. Maybe, I'm wrong. But, that makes full sense to me having known this very special man and I just want him to be happy. He had been fighting various forms of cancer for many years and finally, this one got him. His spirit was always indomitable and made us think that he would always win. So Sunday, as Rodney and I marshaled the MS Societies New York Bike Tour, we talked and grieved and I kept on finding pennies. Is it a sign that he's up there or just a comforting thought? I don't know. I do know that nobody is really dead as long as one person remembers them. His family has asked that the funeral remain private but a memorial service is planned early in 2018.

Thank You.

Ed DeFreitas