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Andre's Smile
by Mary E. Coe

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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Andre, 45 years old, was a custodian at my grandchildren's High School, died in his sleep a couple of weeks ago. The cause, heart attack.


At Andre’s candle light vigil, students repeated over and over again how Andre always managed to put a smile on their face, no matter what kind of day they were having. Some students claim they have never seen Andre without a smile on his own face.  With this poem I’m depicting things I heard about Andre at the candle light vigil.       
 

 
No room for frowning on his face
No place for anger in his heart
Good thoughts he shared in his own way
He always brightened up the day
He treated me as his own child
Showed love and care, with a smile
That awesome Andre smile                                                                                               
 
Drums softly beat at Northview High
The choir sings a song
Football remembering you this year                                                                                                             
With black and gold touchdown
Cheerleaders cheer your name, Andre
Marching band, we will step high
Cross country runners compete in honor of your name
Sports, custodians, students, staff, faculty and administrators
We honor you with a smile
 
Andre’s smile, always brightened up my day
Andre’s smile, when obstacles were in my way
He talked with me a while
He taught me how to smile
It helps to wipe my tears away
Remembering, Andre’s smile
 
You touched the lives of Vikings, the young and the old
You honored and upheld our colors, the black and the gold
 
How do we measure this man
How do we measure his life
How do we measure Andre
We measure him with love 
 
For Andre, raise your candles
Raise your candles high
Raise your candles toward the sky
Not easy to say goodbye
You gave us love, joy, humor and you left us with your smile
We’re so blessed that you were with us for a little while.  
 
Dedicated to the late Andre Williams: Died September 2010 at age 45
 

 

 

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/19/2011
HE LEFT A WONDERFUL LEGACY BEHIND; HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING AND HE UPLIFTED AND ENCOURAGED PEOPLE WITH THAT SMILE AND HIS CARING WAYS. YOU WRITTEN A TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO AN OBVIOUSLY GOOD MAN. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 1/13/2011
Oh my..so sorry for your loss I know how you must be feeling sweet lady...please stay safe and well...Hugsss
Reviewed by John Coppolella 9/22/2010
A nice tribute to a fallen co-worker and resplendent spirit. Isn't that what life is all about, sheer will and guts to keep going, and remembering that in someone when they fall to instill it in yourself. Nicely done!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/22/2010
Too, too young! Shame!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( *tears!*
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/22/2010
It is a wonderful and at the same time often sad way of life that people of Andre's character and qualities touch so many and then are called home it seems so quickly. Perhaps it is to receive the rewards they so truly deserve. Wonderful tribute Mary.
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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/21/2010
An endearing tribute for one who brought so many smiles to those who surrounded him. Very sorry for your loss and that of all the students whose lives he touched...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/21/2010
Mary, this is such a beautiful tribute to a very loved young man.
45 is way to young to die..So sorry for your loss. You have penned a beautiful memorial poem to him.

Peace, love and light,
Amber



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