Updates for Rick Stubbins
Poppy, it has been one year since God called you to be with him. We still miss you so very much. We love you with all of our hearts and souls and not a day goes by that we don't think about you!
Dear, dear friends,
First, Rick and I would like to thank each and every one of you for going on this journey with us. The words of encouragement, expressions of love, prayers, and generosity have lifted our spirits. At the end of a long day, we look forward to reading notes in the guest book. They make us feel connected to our friends and home.
Second, I ask that you be patient with me as I learn to navigate this web site. This is a new concept for me. Also, I hope that you will understand if I canít always write as often as I would like; although I may find Tiffany sneaking in with her own notes.
Last, please forgive any grammatical errors. I will be writing more as a journal. I donít think I will have time for rough drafts, editing, and final copies. So, if any of my students are traveling down this Internet highway with us, please donít bring any of my entries to class with corrections.
In Loving Memory of David Durkin
It is with great sadness that I write this letter. For those of you who have been following us all summer, you will remember our updates about David. David and his sisters were Rickís students. For many years, his mother worked at Somerdale Park School with Rick. I was waiting for more details before I wrote this letter. I received the following e-mail tonight. It is a beautiful tribute to David. We ask Godís grace and peace for his family and friends.
DURKIN, DAVID S.went home to be with the Lord on October, 30 2006, after a long and courageous battle due to complications from Leukemia (A.L.L.). Age 35, Of the Westmont section of Haddon Township, David passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving and caring family.
Beloved husband of Yazmin (Enriquez), adoring father to their daughter Emily and proud father of Shawn of Clementon. Devoted son of Thomas J. and Denise C. (Costa) of Somerdale. Cherished brother of Pamela, Jennifer Sillitti (Joe), and Lauren. Treasured son-in-law of Julio and Luz Franjul, brother-in-law Joey (Amy), and sister-in-law Michelle. Dear grandson of the late James and Margaret Durkin and the late Nancy Costa. Also survived by his grandfather Gene Costa (Jo Ann) of Runnemede and Augustin and Milagros Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, and his great aunt and uncle, Jane and Frank D'Ancona. Much loved godson and nephew of Dr. Richard Costa (Helen) and godmother Mary Bradley, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece.
Growing up in Somerdale, he especially enjoyed traveling and camping with his family. He played baseball with the Somerdale Father & Son Association and was a Boy Scout. David was a 1989 graduate of Sterling High School. At Sterling, he participated in cross country and golf. David's careers included telecommunications, sales and his insatiable drive to find new business ventures. David was well known for his passion for dancing, especially in Philadelphia, and his talented hands on skills. David's zest for life was evident in his various adventures which included skydiving, bungee jumping, jet skiing, traveling and he was always searching for his next quest. David's trademark sense of humor and his eternally optimistic outlook will remain in our hearts forever. He was a dear and loyal friend to many. We are all truly blessed to have known him and we are forever grateful that he was a part of our lives. Throughout his battle he never complained and until the very end he was kind and always remained concerned for others. David was a fighter on earth and is now an angel in heaven. It's all clear now!
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his visitation on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 am at Holy Saviour R.C. Church:50 Emerald Ave., Westmont, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James J. Durkin at 11 am in the church. Interment New Saint Marys Cemetery, Bellmawr. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our funeral home website www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of David S. Durkin. There will be no evening visitation. The family requests no flowers for the visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in David's memory for his children. Please send contributions to: David Durkin Memorial Trust Fund: c/o Commerce Bank Haddonfield, 100 Haddon Ave. Haddonfield, NJ 08033.