I didn't know Bryan until yesterday but I work with one of his brothers and had learned of his untimely death through a work notification. I have a great deal of respect for my co-worker, which only grew as I sat and listened to the amazing tribute paid to Dr. Rowe.
Bryan was an amazing musician, a sensitive and brilliant man, with a very giving heart. The faith and values of achievement, family, community, and love were evident throughout the service. I am continually amazed at the strength and courage of those who are grieving so great a loss, to be able to stand composed, in front of a congregation and utter words of prose, reflection, humor and encouragement. Bryan's immediate and extended family did just that, along with soul-inspiring musical interludes, that included the performances of nieces and nephews!
Amongst their many pleas to the congregation was to go home, or return to work, wherever your friends and loved ones may be, and hug them, tell them you love and appreciate them, and cherish the moment..... as you never know when that moment may be taken away from you.
Wise words............ and I did just that!!
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