I hate this page. These are not only my classmates, but my friends.  There is nothing to write that will be appropriate or enough...I just hope that when you look at their faces, you realize how temporary life is, and how important loved ones are.  Be good to each other.  What we take for granted today, may not be here tomorrow. 

Each of these people touched my life in some way. I thank God I was fortunate enough to know them, and they will never be forgotten.




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LINDA BROWN LOFTIN
2013
 
I received some very sad news tonight about one of my classmates, and friends. Linda Brown has passed away.
 
Linda was my very first friend in life, and my very first best friend.  She lived next door to me for years.  We used to walk to and from Cox School together, and play handball on each other's garage doors.  I remember talking about building a tunnel from my room to hers through our backyards so we could hang out at night, dancing to Purple People Eater, and riding our bikes around all the cute boys' houses in our neighborhood.  I have so many pictures and memories in my head, and in my scrap books.  Two days ago she updated her information for me so we could invite her to the reunion next summer, and tonight she is gone.
 
I have no words for how I feel.
 
Life is too short, friends are too valuable.  Be kind to each other while you can.
 
Linda is on far right.  with Cathy Souza, Sunday Goldman and Shannon Hayes at Knotts
Linda is on far right. with Cathy Souza, Sunday Goldman and Shannon Hayes at Knotts
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Renee McMahon, Classmate and Friend  lost her battle with cancer on January 2, 2013.  Renee was an amazing person with nothing but love and kindness for others, a great appreciation for life, and probably the most selfless person I have ever had the pleasure to know.  God bless Renee and her family. 
 On December 24, 2012, Renee posted the below message on her facebook wall.  Renee will be greatly missed.

" I wish EVERYONE a very Merry Christmas!! Be blessed and love your family and friends like there's no tomorrow. Much love to you all. Xoxo"



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Michael Shawn Greene
Los Amigos High School Class of 1982


My heart is broken.
God bless my friend. 
I looked for you because you  mattered to me.
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My search ended here.
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MIKE GATES
August 1, 1964- January 9, 2011

Mike was diagnosed with cancer early 2010.  On January 1, 2011, he developed some complications which sent him into a coma.   Mike leaves behind a wife and two beautiful children. 

My memories will be of  Mike laughing in Pizza Burger after FVJAA football games and his  sweet boyish smile.
 
 The most revent post from his caring bridge page: 

 Mike's battle is over ... he passed away this evening.  Tiffany and Kenny were present, with Madison on the phone as his breaths gradually became less frequent and increasingly shallow.  Praise the Lord, as he is no longer in pain but dancing at the feet of Jesus. 

Please keep the Gates family in your prayers

 

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Erin's FVHS photo
Erin's FVHS photo
~ Erin Marie Moore ~
      7/1/1966 - 8/9/2010
 
                     ~ Child of God~

Erin was a friend and 1984 classmate.  She was a kind, friendly, beautiful person... inside and out. 
Thank you Erin - Your amazing faith has always been such a beautiful inspiration , a radiant light and a living example of God's never ending love~
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Richard Thomas (Rick) LaMarche , born Nov 21, 1964 - died May 2, 2009  of a heart attack while  coaching at his son's baseball game.  Rick loved baseball.
 
Ricky was my brother's good friend growing up. He used to hang around with Larry, Derek Stephens, and Greg Trigo.    I remember him from Cox Elementary School and our neighborhood. 
 
It is a huge loss and he will be missed.  Among others who love him, he leaves behind 4 children and his wife of 10 years. 
 
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Rick and his sister Shawn
Rick and his sister Shawn
Rick and his sister Shawn.
Rick and his sister Shawn.
8th grade
8th grade
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Our Friend and Classmate, Shannon Emerick passed away on April 30, 2009.  Shannon was a classmate from Cox and FVHS.  I have fond memories of her.   Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  She will be missed.

Shannon in High School
Shannon in High School
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Kim Conroy  
December 5, 2009


Kim was my very best friend in grade school.  We used to roller skate around Cox School every night until the street lights came on.  Our brothers, Larry and Tory were also good friends, and we all used to play together in the neighborhood.  We spent many nights at each others houses, and she was the first person ever to stick my underwear in the freezer because I fell asleep at her slumber party. She taught me that spiders are good cause they eat flies, she taught me how to make a face like Kermit the frog (which now accounts for the biggest wrinkle I have in the middle of my forehead, and she introduced me to Top Ramen.  This is an incredible, tragic loss to me..and her family whom I love like my own.
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Don Beck, class of 1981
Don Beck, class of 1981
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Dan Moran 1984 Senior Photo
Dan Moran 1984 Senior Photo


                                 

                                    Dan Moran
Our friend and classmate, Dan Moran, passed away on August 13, 2008.  Dan was a good guy, and a good friend to many, and will be greatly missed. Dan ran track and cross country with us in high school, and went on to become a coach who was loved and respected by his students and his peers.  I remember Dan as being sweet and kind and fun. 
Dan was married to Sharon Hatfield, a great athlete and good friend as well.
 

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Beth Myska  Class of 1983
Beth Myska Class of 1983
Grant Lawther  class of 1984  Cox School Class of 1980  passed away 2008
Grant Lawther class of 1984 Cox School Class of 1980 passed away 2008
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Our friend and classmate Nick Scandone (Cox 1980, FVHS 1984) made it to the Paralympics in Beijing, China  September 2008 in order to fulfill his life long dream.   Despite his disease (Nick had ALS) , he was not only able to make it there, but brought back a Gold Medal for the United States of America.  We could not be any more proud of Nick for this amazing accomplishment.  

He graciously allowed us all to be a part of this dream,  shared with us his incredible journey, and taught us all how to appreciate life a little more.  It's  not  that he won the Gold Medal, it's that he, more than any other, earned it.

Nick, although in life was said to be so humble, dies no less than a true hero and inspiration.   Nick was truly a one in a million human being, friend, athlete, champion. Although he is gone from this earth, he will live on in our hearts  forever. 

         I am a better person for  knowing him. 
                            He will be missed
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Nick Scandone dies at 42; Orange County gold medalist in sailing at Paralympic Games

 
Nick Scandone
Rich Roberts / For The Times
Sailor Nick Scandone during a 2006 training session in Newport Bay.
By Claire Noland
January 4, 2009
Nick Scandone, an Orange County sailor who won a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in China six years after having been stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, died Friday at his Fountain Valley home. He was 42.

 


 

A loss to the sailing world

Posted by czusman January 04, 2009 5:48PM

Categories: Sailing

Several years ago I had the honor and pleasure of meeting and interviewing Nick Scandone It was the occasion of his being honored as the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

Nick was suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease, a debilitating and progressive ailment. Despite that, Nick kept sailing, and with a smile. This past year he won a Gold Medal in the Paralympics in China.

Sadly, Nick passed away. Here is the report from US Sailing:


Paralympic Gold Medalist Nick Scandone Loses Battle with ALS

Portsmouth, R.I. (January 2, 2009) -- Paralympic Gold Medalist Nick Scandone (Fountain Valley, Calif.), 42, passed away Friday, after a long battle with ALS, also

commonly called Lou Gehrig's Disease, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

 

Scandone won a coveted gold medal with teammate Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) in the SKUD-18 class at the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao, China, this past summer.

"The sport of sailing has lost a great competitor and the most inspirational person most of us will ever know," said Dean Brenner, Chairman of US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Program. "Words can't describe the pride so many people felt watching Nick take the last few steps towards his dream in China last summer. He was a gold medalist on and off the water, and we'll miss him dearly."

Scandone beat the odds of his disease by not only being strong enough to compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games, but by winning the gold medal a day early, with two races left to go. "It's been such a long road to get [to the 2008 Games]," said Scandone after he won. "It's emotionally overwhelming for me to finally realize my goal."

There were countless days filled with doubt, exhaustion and adversity, but he and McKinnon-Tucker met each challenge with incredible strength and determination. Scandone was a US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member, named US Sailing's 2008 Sportsman of the Year, nominated for US Sailing's 2008 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtsman of the Year award and winner of US Sailing's 2005 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award.