BC: Thank you to all of the families and friends who contributed to this book in honor of your loved ones.
FC: Moments in Time Loving Squares Book I
1: The following pages commemorate the love and lives of those who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. This book is a companion to the Loving Squares Donor Family Quilt, a project started by LifeChoice Donor Services in 2002. Each square of the quilt is handmade by families in memory of their loved ones.
4: Len Murray November 24, 1942 - April 21, 2002 Enfield, CT
5: Len worked for 37 years for a world leader in fuel cell production. These cells supplied the electrical power on U.S. manned space missions and APOLLO moon missions. Len was very proud to be an American and was deeply honored to have had the opportunity to meet several of the astronauts. Len was a devoted family man who loved to talk about his association with the space program. -Pat Murray
6: My Final Gift It is now time for me to move on Into the dusk, but also the dawn. I will remain as the morning comes As I've left behind a gift for someone. So another may walk, may talk, may see Where their life was locked, I offered a key. I am a donor to someone in need, My final gift, my final deed.
7: Regina Rivera September 2, 1972 - April 14, 2004 Beacon Falls, CT
8: George F. Bielik July 17, 1932 - January 23, 2002 Torrington, CT
9: George can best be remembered for his dedication to baseball; George pitched for professional minor leagues and coached Babe Ruth league baseball. He loved teaching baseball and talking about his baseball experiences. George met Carole, his wife of forty-four years, while pitching for the Dodgers Farm Team. A family man, George was an all-around lovable guy. This patch has the pants' materials from his original baseball uniform. Giving the gift of life means George's legacy will live on. It is comforting to know that someone somewhere, is looking through George's eyes, maybe even playing a game of baseball! -Carole Bielik
10: Rich Meheu August 27, 1957 - October 2, 2000 Manchester, CT
11: My son, Rich, died from a brain tumor at age 43, ten days after the tumor was discovered. It was a shock for everyone who knew and loved him. Our world fell apart. I chose to do this patch for the quilt because Rich loved fishing any chance he had and I wanted to honor his short life. I miss Rich so much and sometimes feel this is a bad dream from which I will wake up. It is comforting to know someone will live because he chose to be a donor. -Mrs. Lucille Molleur
12: Margaret Coughlan January12, 1932 - September 24, 2003 Cheshire, CT
13: My closest friend, Peg, gave me this Eternity Goblet on the 50th anniversary of our friendship. I miss her every day.
14: Timothy Lamb March 16, 1953 - November 7, 1999 Westfield, MA
15: If Only I Had Known by Jane Stanfield If only I had known it was our last walk in the rain I'd keep you out for hours in the storm I would hold your hand, like a lifeline to my heart If only I had know it was our last walk in the rain. If only I had known I'd never hear your voice again I'd memorize each thing you ever said And on these lonely nights I could think of them once more And keep your words alive inside my head If only I had known I'd never hear your voice again. Your were the treasure in my heat You were the one who always stood beside me So unaware, I foolishly believed that you would always be there But then there came a day when I closed my eyes And you slipped away. If only I had known it was my last night by your side I'd pray a miracle would stop the dawn And when you smiled at me, I would look into your eyes And make sure you know my love for you goes on and on If I had only Known, If I had only Known.
16: Tina Smith August 1, 1967 - July 8, 2001 Chicopee, MA
17: Our Special Angel Our angel was sent to us from above. An angel of joy, with plenty of love. She was so special, right from the start, Who brought joy and laughter to everyone's heart. When she was hurting or feeling sad, She always would say, "I'm okay, dad." There always was love,and laughter aplenty Now she's gone, our house is so empty. She did her job she was sent to do. God called her back to help others, too. Almost thirty-four years she brought us pleasure, That is something we'll always treasure. -Mom, Dad and Sisters
18: Donald Fournier June 10, 1960 - November 21, 2002 Preston & Norwich, CT
19: We Remember Them In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them. In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them. In the opening buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them. In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them. In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them. In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them. When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them. When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them. So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
20: Caitlin Roy January 24, 1988 - April 18, 2006 E. Granby, CT
21: And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since and lost awhile. ~John Henry Newman
22: Cody Gorman August 26, 1997 - August 12, 2001 Plainville, CT
23: Little Angels When God calls little children to dwell with Him above, We mortals sometimes question the wisdom of His love. Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to His fold, So He picks a rosebud before it can grow old. God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few, To make the land of heaven more beautiful to view. Believing this is difficult, still somehow we must try, The saddest word mankind knows will always be "goodbye". So when a little child departs, we who are left behind must realize God loves children, Angels are hard to find. -Author Unknown
24: Joe Burgess February 02, 1937 - October 30, 2004 Hampden, MA
25: Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. -Author Unknown
26: Peter Armelin November 24, 1947 - November 6, 2002 Stafford Springs, CT
27: Dear Peter, Thanks for the 30-years we had. You were a very caring person and a wonderful husband and a special friend. I know you loved your children; you gave them all your love and showed them how to live their lives giving to others. We miss you so much. We try to instill our values to our beautiful granddaughters(4). Love and prayers, Mabel
28: Michael Fabrizio January 12, 1954 - November 12, 2006 Burlington, CT
29: When I am gone, release me; let me go I have so many things to see and do. You must not tie yourself to me with tears Be happy that we had so many years You gave me love, you can only guess How much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love each have shown But now it is time I traveled alone So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It is only for a while that we must part. So bless those memories within your heart. I will not be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come, Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near And if you listen with your heart, you will hear All of my love around you, soft and clear. Then when you must come this way alone, I will greet you with a smile and welcome home.
30: Becca Baxter November 3, 1986 - July 2, 2000 Storrs, CT
31: (Becca loved softball. This poem was written in her memory for Becca's dad) I remember stitches on softballs, two fingers on the seam, split-fingered fast balls, and underhand curves. I remember well oiled gloves, worn with sweat and love, catching stitches on softballs in the backyard field. I remember daddy-daughter catch, that gnarled tree- our second base, and no stealing because of daddy's weak knees. Each fence reminds me of your home runs, standing on steel bleachers, tired lungs full of praise, a ballpark parent come to cheer my remembrance: you hitting stitches off softballs. -M.Salesses
32: Franco Liquori March 16, 1984 - March 30, 2008 Feeding Hill, MA
33: . | When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. -Kahlil Gibran
34: Larry Skinger April 18, 1967 - October 8, 2001 Wethersfield, CT
35: Larry Skinger was a fine, mild-mannered young man, an Eagle Scout, and lover of the outdoors. His grandfather was his role model and both were top notch fishermen who won trophies for their catch. The design of the quilt square is a picture of Larry standing next to his grandfather's favorite flowers. The "Loving Square" was made from the same fabric that had been used to make a quilt with a fishing theme for Larry for Christmas 2000. Larry's quilt,which had been sewn with love, went with him. We love you, Larry - until we meet again!
36: Robert Couture August 13, 1941 - October 16 2005 Plainfield, CT
37: Bob was a very giving person. He never refused anyone's help, nor asked for anything in return. We were married for forty-three years and probably could count on one hand how many times we fought. Bob was a very passive person. Bob loved sports, especially the Patriots, Red Sox, and the Giants. Bob enjoyed going to their games. He will be sorely missed and will live on in our hearts. -Robert's wife
38: Joey Wohlschlaeger September 22, 1994 - December 3, 2005 New Milford, CT
39: Joey was an eleven-year old boy when he died. How would I describe him? He was all boy. Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails. That what little boys are made of! Joey loved fishing, frogs, nature and his dog Trix. He had a heart of gold. I remember a conversation I had with him about organ donation. After I explained how it helps someone help another, he looked at me and said, 'Why wouldn't someone do that?' 'So off they went together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place in the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.' A.A. Milne
40: Miguel Angel Amaro III January 18, 1985 - April 02, 2002 Hartford, CT
41: Madres Angel Inspiration to all of us, Kind and caring. Every moment with you will always be cherished, You'll always be missed. We Love you, Micky.