January 26th, 2010....

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© Maurie A
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UploadedFebruary 4, 2010
TakenJuly 3, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/250 sec at f/6.3
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length35 mm
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this day, my life was changed forever.....I lost my real life hero...my big brother, Tommy. This is a shot I took last summer when his daughter Samantha was visiting from Colorado.
I just wanted you all to meet him and to share what a wonderful person he truly was.... our Dad passed away when we were in High School and he took over the role of taking care of me. He walked me down the aisle when I got married....He was there when my children were born. He was such a great Dad to Samantha, what ever his baby girl wanted...she will be so lost without him, as we all will. He loved golf, riding motorcycles.... he just loved life itself.... January 31, 2010 was to be his 53rd birthday, but instead we had his funeral service.
I am trying my best to get back into a "normal" routine....it's just been very hard to do.... but, with support from friends and family I'm getting stronger every day.....

58 responses

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    What a week you have had, I am so sorry! The is an awesome trubute!! And an awesome shot!!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    ... forever in your heart...

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    Allow me to extend my deepest condolences in your loss of your brother, hope you can continue to find strength and comfort, we always here for you Mo! XOXO

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. You took a beautiful portrait of your brother and his daughter. May you always keep his memory close to your heart!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    You made me cry with this one. I saw it on FB, but it's just so special seeing it here. I can't imagine how difficult this has been for you. Stay strong, and know that you have a whole lot of friends thinking about you and caring about you. ♥

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    An incomprehensible loss. I am very sorry. Thinking of you and your extended family . . .

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A said (4 Feb 2010):

    Thank you so much for the spotlight, Dick...... and thank you all so very much for saying such kind words...... he had such a presence in my life.....I gather strength from each and every one of my wonderful friends......I can already smile sometimes when I think of him, instead of crying

  • Mel Lane

    Mel Lane (Deleted) said (4 Feb 2010):


    May the peace of God hold you and your family up.


  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    Maurie, anyone as well loved as he was will never be forgotten. He'll always be smiling back at you.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    We are SO sorry for your loss! So glad you had this marvelous portrait to remember him by.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    I have thought about you often this past week. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Know that you have friends here who care. We love ya! This is a wonderful shot to cherish!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your brother, Maurie. You, your brother and your family are in my prayers. A wonderful photo. I am sure Samantha is also having a very tough time and I will keep her in my prayers as well.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    Oh Maurie, I am so very sorry for your deep loss. This capture illustrates the openess and love of life your brother had, his daughter is very beautiful. You will always have your beautiful memories of him, those no-one can take away from you. Be strong my friend, we love you and care, in time you will heal!!!!!!!!!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole (Deleted) said (4 Feb 2010):

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother. Cherish your memories.

  • Edward M. O'Brien

    Edward M. O'Brien (Deleted) gave props (5 Feb 2010):

    You know my feelings Maur'. Enjoy the memories; bittersweet now, they will sweeten in time.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (5 Feb 2010):

    He will always be with your Maurie. This is a beautiful tribute to him and the love you have for him tells me what a wonderful person he was. Hugs my dear friend!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (5 Feb 2010):

    What a difficult loss for you, Maurie. I am so sorry to hear about it. May God comfort you with the knowledge that your brother is in His presence. A beautiful portrait of him and your niece for you and your family to treasure.

  • Charles

    Charles (Deleted) said (6 Feb 2010):

    It was difficult to read your story, but this nice photo will be a permanent part of the wonderful memories of him.

  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (6 Feb 2010):

    May God continue to hold and bless you, Maurie

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (6 Feb 2010):

    Maurie, my heart goes out to you in your loss!!! I can understand why he is your hero. Thanks for sharing this and letting us see your brother, he was much too young to die - my deepest sympathies to you and your family Maurie.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (6 Feb 2010):

    Ann just said it so well. As have the rest. Our prayers are with you. You do have a wonderful portrait of him to remember him by.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (7 Feb 2010):

    a great tribute to your brother, Maurie! I'm so sorry for your loss

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (7 Feb 2010):

    I am so sorry, Maurie that you lost your brother...It is heartbreaking when someone so close to you passes away. He looked like a very kind person and thank you for sharing the picture of him with his beautiful daughter in happier times...May God bless and comfort you and your family.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (8 Feb 2010):

    Great shot , Great Memories.. God Bless and keep your chin up, it will be ok

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    I am so sorry Maurie,, this is a wonderful tribute to him,,,

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    i am so sorry for your loss...

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (12 Feb 2010):

    My deepest sympathies for your loss..My congrats for having had such a loving and wonderful man to influence your life..to hold you when you upset and to defend you and to prop you when you did good. Blessings.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (27 Feb 2010):

    Maurie, this is a wonderful tribute to your Brother. I am so very sorry for your loss. Hang in there...


    JOE FAILK gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Back to vote!


    JOE FAILK gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    What a tragic story! My condolences.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Back to vote...God bless you.

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    A great hero....sorry for your loss

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    What a heart-warming and compelling story of love and sadness. So sorry for your loss of a very handsome brother Maurie! God bless you and your family.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) said (3 Mar 2010):

    I came back to vote Maurie.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (3 Mar 2010):

    Back to Vote!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    I came back to vote.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (3 Mar 2010):


  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (4 Mar 2010):

    back to vote

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    back to vote!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    BTV!!! A wonderful entry Maurie!!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Got my vote.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    I am so sorry to hear that. It just never seems right. You will be alright though. A vote for your big brother. R

  • Melissa Rieman

    Melissa Rieman gave props (28 Mar 2010):

    VOTED! I'm so sorry for your loss. This is such a beautiful tribute to him.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) said (31 Mar 2010):


  • Mark L. Torrey

    Mark L. Torrey gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    A great way to remember your brother. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2010):

    A wonderful portrait...so sorry for your loss!! Voted!!

  • Ashleigh [T] K

    Ashleigh [T] K gave props (3 Apr 2010):

    my Dad died on January 7th of this year... it's still a struggle to get through some days more then others. It also makes it difficult because it was sudden and we still don't know how he died. all the best to you and your family!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (5 Apr 2010):

    Oh Maurie.. he looks and sounds one of life's wonderful men. May you grow stronger from your memories of the special moments you shared. Take care of you.

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (6 Apr 2010):

    A young and happy looking 53. So Sorry for your loss

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    beautiful capture. It rocks

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett said (15 Apr 2010):

    A very loving tribute, to an obviously loved and respected man. A wonderful story of what he means to you. A great choice of such a happy and warm photo. My best wishes to you and your family through these hard times! If your family shares the same heart that you possess, you will all strengthen each other. I'm sure he knew before, and still does, of what a blessed life he had. Take care.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (2 May 2010):

    Nice entry, voted

  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):


  • david ong

    david ong said (27 May 2010):


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