11 August 2010

Ed Kropp 1957 - 2010

This is a personal reflection and has nothing to do with the general nature of posts on TTLS.

I learned early this morning that my life-long friend Ed Kropp died unexpectedly of a massive heart attach yesterday. He was 52-years old. To say that I am shocked is certainly an understatement. His death diminishes our class, and leaves a large hole in our lives.

Ed was always a fun guy. He was always the start of May Day celebrations (that gives away my age!) because he could literally turn himself into a tire and somersault across the football field without so much as a milli-second pause. He could always turn our stomachs by his ability to turn his eyelids inside out. It was gross, but we laughed each and every time he did it. He was short and small of stature, but he was a star athlete.

After graduation, Ed fell into the drug culture and we rarely saw him, but that did not mean we forgot him. His birthday was just a few days ago on 1 August. When we had our reunions one of the first questions classmates asked is, "Is Ed coming this time?"

Please take a moment today to say a prayers for the repose of Ed's soul and for his wife and children who are even more shocked that we, his classmates are.

    O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered, accept our prayers on behalf of your servant Eddy, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
    And light perpetual shine upon him.

So long, old friend. I send you blessing on this the greatest journey of your existence.