[8/4/16] A Thank You Letter From Wife Of The Late Gary Knowlton

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Dear All Communities

These past three weeks have been a blur since the passing of my husband, Gary L. Knowlton, but I would like to take this time to say thank you to each of you for the love, support and hugs. Knowing you have all been here for our family has helped us get through this difficult time in our lives.

I realized after Gary’s death, how many lives he truly touched. Not just in the community of Brewster, where we live, but also in each community up and down the entire valley. Each of you have somehow been touched by Gary’s life.

I know his death was senseless and preventable, but through this tragedy, the love he had for you- and the love you had for him, has shown our family what a great man my husband was and I am very proud of him and know his legacy will live on in our lives, as well as yours.

Thank you to Manson Parks and Recreation for a great memorial in honor of Gary. Thank you Phil Thomas, Manson High School art teacher, for the awesome mural that was painted in Gary’s honor. Thank you Viki Downey for being a part of Gary’s life and for the memorial– it was an honor to our family.

I would also like to say thank you to each community for the love, hugs, support (including food and money). Meritt and Leslie Mason- I don’t even know how to put in words how much I and the girls appreciate you and all the help and love you have and continue to provide. I hope one day I am able to put into words how grateful we have been.

Thank you Brewster Market Place for the flowers and to Sabrina O’Connell for supporting us through this difficult time. Thank you Sarah and Beth for your love and support and dropping everything to be with Kari and Krysta. Thank you to Eric, and the Brewster School District- and everyone who was a part of Gary’s service.

I would also like to say thank you to all the officers and professional personnel along with the individuals who were there the night my husband passed away. It was a comfort to me knowing he wasn’t alone- for I wanted to be there for my husband to love him and hold him but I couldn’t and it broke my heart– but Gary reminded me that my heart was being filled with love for knowing he was surrounded by each one of you that tried to save him and showed love to a stranger.

I know a thank you doesn’t seem the right words, but it’s hard to say in words what my heart is trying to say – and then to put it on paper– so, I hope you all know you are greatly appreciated. I hope to one day meet each of you and say a big thank you in person– you meant a lot to myself, our daughters and our family!

In closing, I would like to take this time to say thank you to each and everyone of you from all the different communities. I know there are so many of you that have been there for Gay throughout his life and now have been there for us as we try to live without our loved one here on earth.

Please accept our sincere thank you, we truly appreciate it.

Love, Deana, (wife of the late Gary L. Knowlton), Kari, Krysta and family