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August 24, 2014
Always on my mind and in my heart.
Aunt Debbie
August 22, 2014
Just wanted to tell you goodnight and that you are loved and missed. Hugs to you. T.
July 23, 2014
Wish I could tell you Happy Birthday in person. I cherish the memories we made while you were here and will love you always. Hugs from Aunt Debbie
July 23, 2014
Here it is, July 24 again, your birthday. The second one without you. How do we celebrate without you? Of course we have our wonderful memories to fall back on but it's just not the same. Wish I could hug and kiss you, and tell you I love you one more time. You are missed by me and so many others. Happy birthday Chad. I will love you forever.
July 22, 2014
Had a wonderful time in California with Gabby and Tori. They are growing up to be awesome young ladies! Think they enjoyed our Segway tour of Newport Beach along the boardwalk the best. I remember you riding a Segway on Put in Bay and telling me how awesome it was...you were right..the girls caught on right away and left us in the dust! Or maybe I should say sand. But they did come back and check on us to make sure we were ok. Thank you (and Melissa) for them, Love you always. aunt Debbie
July 15, 2014
Aunt Debbie and I have taken your girls to CA, making memories together. First day, cheese burgers at Ruby's (your favorite). Toe nails painted (Gabby got palm trees and sea gules and Tori got seashells with a diamond in it.). Starbucks and then Taco Bell and/or Wendy's. It was a five hour plane trip that we left the house at 5 am for. We are already for bed. Tomorrow is Disney Land.
June 15, 2014
Thinking of you with much love. Thank You for the wonderful girls we will love them forever.
See you at 5 in Paradise some day love Tracy.
June 06, 2014
Just needed to say HI
May 02, 2014
Losing a loved one is never easy may the love of God and friends give you solace and peace during your time of great sorrow.
James 4:8
April 30, 2014
The evening storms have pasted. I am sitting in the dark, curled up on the sofa, listening to the rain patter on the window. The street light making the rain drops look like diamonds on the window pane. And hearing rain gently hit the tin cap over our chimney; water running over our neighbors gutter and splashing on the driveway. Spring showers is aother thing Chad and I shared liking to listen to. Only now he does not call to say "hey Mom, are you enjoying this like I am?" Missing him.
April 29, 2014
It has been one year today (4/27/14} that Chad left us suddenly leaving no time to say good bye. If he had left a message I think it would of gone something like this. ..

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly on the lake breezes, of happy times, and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears to those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done. And to those I may of hurt. I ask forgiveness.

love you forever Chad, Mom
April 27, 2014
April 27, 2014
It's been a very hard year. So thankful for all the good memories.
April 26, 2014
Took Gabby and Tori to get their Cedar Point passes today and that reminded me of all the great times you and I had there. From the time you were little and Kiddie Land was your favorite right thru conquering your fears and getting on the roller coasters. Then you took your own daughters and always sent pictures of the three of you having fun. You taught them the joy of coasters and I know they will have a great summer. You can ride on their shoulders! But remember to hang on tight.
Aunt Debbie
April 25, 2014
As I am baking cookies tonite, your favorite choc chips, I can't help but think of you. You always wanted me to save some unbaked cookie dough for you. That was your favorite way to eat cookies. Even as a child you were more interested in cleaning the bowl and spoon then the finished product earning the name "pot licker". You would often call me from work with a cheery "Hi, are you busy?" You wanted cookies baked for the guys at work. So bake them I would and take them to you late at nite. When I got their your first question was always "Did you remember my dough?" followed by a hug. So tonite I will eat cookie dough and think of you. Loving you always.
Aunt Debbie
April 25, 2014
Thinking of the talks we had and how you loved watching the firework on the 4 th. missing how your phone would call me all the time. And the times we took the jeep rides too. I know your watching over your girls I see you behind every tree when I'm with them.
April 25, 2014
Remembering my nickname you gave me, Wifey #2! I was always single, and you always made me feel welcome and never a third wheel with you and Melissa or your whole family. Always the first to offer me a drink or share your dinner with me. You always respected Melissa and I's "girl time", in fact you encouraged it. Drove us to the airport for every girls vaca, loading my bags in the car, while always giving us both the same speech. (Dont talk to strangers,stay together etc) I will never forget when you left a surprise envelope in Melissa's suitcase with some extra money in it. The envelope read "For Melissa and Marn". I appreciate the way you always included me and respected Melissa and I's friendship, and am happy to say...even after your gone your family does the same! I am blessed to have them in my life. Your daughters are very much like you in that sense, when i enter their home, i feel like I belong and am part of the family.
April 24, 2014
No one knows the talks we had or the things we confided in each other. You were my big brother and I was your little sis. I will always remember you telling me that you love me like a blood sister and that's why you beat me up. I miss your laugh and your smile and you picking on me. Just to have one more Sunday dinner where you came in while we were already eating. One more smile. One more big brother, little sis beat up. One more "Hey sis". One more hug. I miss you more than anyone knows I do. Just one more "Hey sis".....
April 24, 2014
Memories. You calling to tell me about the wonderful day you and the girls had at Cedar Point. You calling to tell me it was a great day to drive with the top down. You calling to say you decorated for Christmas and to stop by and see your place. You calling to say meet us for ice cream. You calling to say you are bringing a friend for dinner. You calling to ask for cookies to share at work. You calling just to say HI. Thanks for the memories. Love you.
April 24, 2014
Even though we were not close you were still my brother. I love your mom as my own. I love your girls as my nieces! I see so much of you in their eyes! My heart aches because you were chosen to leave us so soon, but know you are guiding and watching over the ones you love from above. Xoxo Michelle
April 24, 2014
Spent the day with your mom and aunt debbie we laughed and cried talking about you and then we shopped and had lunch love you and miss you every day miss you Starr
April 24, 2014
Thinking of you daily! Miss you to pieces. Keep waiting for my text's with up to date pictures of Gabby and Tori from you. You have two beautiful girls and your family are so great with keeping me up to date on things. Wish you were here but, I feel your presence. Love you, Aunt Barb
April 23, 2014
A happy memory I have is going on our first family vacation to Atlantis. You and I walked around the park at the end of your street almost every nite to "get in shape". This was in January and it was cold but the the reward was seeing how happy and excited you were to be on vacation in a sunny, warm spot with your family. You were almost bouncing with glee and we all had a wonderful time.
April 22, 2014
I guess it is true that time stops for no one. Although you are not here to hug I can feel your presence all around. It's in the twinkle in Tori's eyes and the smile on Gabbys face. It's in the tears your Mom and I are unable to stop. It's in the wonderful stories that your friends still tell us. Yes you are gone but your love will be with us always. Aunt Debbie
April 22, 2014
A year? Just can't be true you were here just the other day! I know you are watching over your girls and so proud of how wonderful they REALY are. They share there love with all of us and help the family stay strong.I know you are not gone your right here loving them.
April 22, 2014
I pray for the 2 girls and family he left behind. I am glad the Gabby and Tori have such great family to help keep them busy! God Bless
April 21, 2014
It hard to belive its been a year we miss you alot .love you
Starr and Geo
April 20, 2014
Well Chad here it is Easter and you are not here to celebrate with us. You are missed so very much. The holidays are hard but we know you want us to be happy and we really do try. Think I will have a peanut butter cup in your honor!
Loving you always. Aunt Debbie
March 28, 2014
Well Chad, another member of our family joined you in heaven yesterday. Uncle Chuck Plato loved the lake as much as you did. I hope he gave you my message of how much I love you and miss you. We took the girls to Dave and Busters yesterday. They had a GREAT time together there. Good sister time. You would be so proud of your young ladies I know I am. Love you
March 17, 2014
My heart is still broken. God I miss you so much. Love you.
March 02, 2014
We love and miss you all the time. Had a nice time in Key west and saw you all over the place.
March 01, 2014
A nice tribute to a fine person and a life long friend
February 28, 2014
Your promise to take your girls back to Key West has been fulfilled by your Mom. I have to say they had a good time but said this was not the Key west they saw with you! We hung you 1BCHBUM plate up at Half Shell Raw Bar in your memory. Love you and miss you. Aunt Debbie
January 11, 2014
Thinking of you a lot today. Just can't believe your gone. Your phone has not called me in such a long time just believe your not a phone call away. Hugs to you.
December 31, 2013
Thinking of you with love on this New Years Eve.
Aunt Debbie
December 25, 2013
Hung a Santa hat on our tree for you! Also ate some cookies just for you. Oh and I had a drink in your honor.

Love Aunt Debbie
December 25, 2013
Chad, we all know how much you loved the Christmas Season. Christmas without you here can never possibly be the same. You are dearly missed! We had the precious gift of you; for far to few years. You left us with wonderful memories and some great traditions you started for the holidays. But most of all you left us LOVE, lots of love which will always remain. You will be carried in our hearts forever. Loving and Missing you, Mom, Gabby, Tori and the rest of your loving family.
December 15, 2013
Chad, I miss you so much. I just want to pick up the phone and call you. I talked to you the other day as I do often. I know you heard me in heaven. Love you!
December 14, 2013
We all miss you a lot But you will be happy to know I got your uncle Dave agin same place as before thanks for the help .Love Starr
December 14, 2013
Chad thinking of you every day and talking to you every night when I turn on your blue Christmas lights hope you can see them from heaven. Sending you lots of hugs love ya A Tracy.
December 13, 2013
Chad as this holiday season starts for us you will be near in our hearts. I miss seeing how you would of decorated your apt. It was always so festive! Missing you more than ever during your favorite season but not to worry - I will eat lots of cookies for you! Love and kisses from Aunt Debbie.
October 27, 2013
Its been six months now. I think of you every day, missing you more then words can say. I know you would not approve of the tears that flow, but I miss you so much. Life is not the same without you. Love you. Mom
October 26, 2013
6 long months without your smile. You are missed but always loved.
October 17, 2013
July 29, 2013
July 29, 2013
So very sorry to hear of Chad passing I remember him as a young boy on 2nd street so cute and polite. my heart hurts for his family he was way to young. R.I.P God bless
July 27, 2013
Miss you think about you everyday.
July 27, 2013
Thinking of you wish you were here with us.
July 25, 2013
I miss you!
July 24, 2013
Cheers! It's 5 O'Clock
July 24, 2013
Happy Birthday to someone I missed every day. Aunt Debbie
July 24, 2013
Happy Birthday Chad! We miss you and not a day goes by that we don't think or talk about you. We will be toasting to you at 5:00, but wish you were here to celebrate your birthday with all your friends. Until we meet again...
July 15, 2013
Chads birthday is coming up on July 24 th and it will be a very sad day We are hoping that at 5 o'clock we can all raise a glass in Chads memory because we all know that "it's 5 o'clock somewhere". You are missed more then words can say.
July 15, 2013
Change of plans. Chad's ashes are being placed in the memory wall at Calvery Cemetery on July 24 (his birthday). We are asking all his friends, no matter where they are, to face North and drink a toast in Chad's memory at 5pm that day (7/24).

I wish to thank all of my family, friends and Chad's friends who have been giving me much needed support these last 3 months; especially my husband Harold, sister Debbie and Chads friend Danny.

I love hearing all of the GOOD stories I have been told about Chad by his friends. Thank you all from Chad's mother, Barbara Cantu Deidrick.
June 11, 2013
Wow, Im speechless, I just found out about the passing of my friend. Chad, what great guy. I cant count all the laughs we had together. You were always a pleasure to be around, and always had good advice. Im glad I had the chance to meet u and work with u. My deepest condolences go out to your family. May God bless them and watch over them in their time of need. Chad will be missed by many, but never forgotten. Thank you my friend for everything. May you rest in peace. S/O Sgt. T. Curry
May 26, 2013
RIP Chad:I have many memories to hold in my hart we will miss u forever. Love Aunt Tracy
May 17, 2013
Chad,You were the best father,freind and big brother!!! You always took care of me as a big brother would.I could always count on you. Weve had sooooooo many good times. You're kids were your life,heart and soul!! At NEPRC ur log entries always made alot of us laugh,You had a great sense of humor. Soooooooo many very fond memories of you That I'll never forget. For survivor thurs,I'll never forget that day u came over and asked me to come over. It meant the ABSOLUTE world to me bc of who u were in my book. It's going to be sooooo weird going to ohio when I get there and NOT seeing u and having some beers.lol You were the bestest in my book. I love you 4 ever!! thank you for u being u and including me in your life.I'm very thankful for that. RIP My dear friend and big brother!!!
May 04, 2013
My favorite memory besides volleyball, was a photo of you Chad and my brother when you were both about six years old.
There was about a 6' high snow drift that came to a perfect point, like a pyramid.
You were both dressed to the tee in full snow atire leaning with your backs up against the drift, both smiling from ear to ear.
All of us will see you again someday!
May 04, 2013
Chad, I have so many memories of you, I used to babysit you when you were little,and spent lots of time at the lake & your home with you. I love you so very much and you will always be in my heart. You are now at peace and will get to know your Grandma & Grandpa Cantu now. The pleasure will be theirs. I love you, Aunt Rita
May 03, 2013
I was sorry to hear this, I've always loved your whole family, you'll all be in my prayers.
May 03, 2013
Our Prayers go out to you for your loss.Sorry we could not be there.
Gil & Stella
May 03, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. There are no words that can express the sorrow of losing a child a an early age. Our youngest son Bill died last year of a massive heart attack. We have learned that God helps to heal the pain.
May 02, 2013
Tom & Marlene,

So sorry to hear about the loss of Chad. It's hard to understand a loss like yours....but hope you know that others are thinking of you, caring about you, and wishing you comfort and peace.
May 02, 2013
To the Family,
I send my condoleneces. It is not easy to see your loved one pass. May God comfort you and the family at this time of need. I will miss Chad. I worked with him at NEPRC and he was a very nice young man. May you all continue comforting one another keeping God close by your side.
May 01, 2013
RIP Chad
My thoughts and prayers are with Tom and family so sorry for your loss
May 01, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Chad's passing I just found out today. I use to work with him at Thistledown Racino and he was such a joy to work with. I am praying for you all. Was very sad that I wasn't able to say good bye. He will be missed dearly.
Officer Cleveland
May 01, 2013
Thanks to everyone for their kind words and memories of my son Chad..He was truly loved by many and will be deeply missed, but never forgotten..We love him dearly. May he rest in Peace.
May 01, 2013
Rest in Peace my friend
May 01, 2013
Very sad... I never met a guy that showed so much love to his daughters.I used to see him picking up his daughters at school,his daughters always were so happy to see him, they hug and kiss and seem very happy ALL THE TIME! God bless him and his family! :(
May 01, 2013
You are going to be missed by so many. May your family find piece and comfort in knowing what a good guy you were on earth and surely will be one great angel to look over your daughters. Reat in peace, Chad.
May 01, 2013
RIP CHAD.. YOU WILL BE MISSED.
May 01, 2013
To Chads parents, daughter's n family. Chad was a very nice, gentle n kind man. He loved n talked about his daughters all the time. As Well as his parents. He was a good friend of mine over the years n will be truly missed. RIP Chad..
April 30, 2013
Barb, I am so sad to hear of Chad's passing. I only knew him for a short while, but he definitely left an impression, such a polite and sweet man. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family.
April 30, 2013
Barb & Family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful son Chad. I'll always remember the amazing bond you had. You have our deepest sympathy. Thinking of you & sending prayers of comfort. God Bless you in your time of.sorrow.
April 30, 2013
Tom and all your family - our deepest sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with you. I will always remember Chad as the happy, ornery, delightful 7th grader I taught. Nan and Marty Mahony
April 30, 2013
Dear Tom and family, Please accept our deepest condolences at the passing of Chad. We hope that you will receive the comfort of our Lord in your time of grief. Our plans were to attend the funeral service, however, our granddaughter was hospitalized and in very poor health.
God bless you and yours.
April 30, 2013
Tom and family,
Just to let you know,ours thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rick and Rose Yohner
April 30, 2013
Mercy Hospital
April 30, 2013
Dear Tom and Brian...we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Larry and Barb Melia
April 30, 2013
My deepest condolences to the entire family. I knew Chad when we were younger,(Lorain County Explorer's group) he was a very kindhearted person who loved helping people.
April 30, 2013
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for those grieving. May you find comfort in your memories.
April 30, 2013
To say shocked, was an understatement. Too young to be called home. Many blessings to my high school friend and his family!
April 30, 2013
Sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and family.
April 30, 2013
Barb and Family ... you are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 30, 2013
every time i see a snowman and blue light I will think you thank you agin for all your help and great ideas. I wll miss are sunday visits .
Love Starr
April 30, 2013
This is just heartbreaking. I can remember Chad as a little boy walking down the street so his Aunt Patty King could take him to school. He was the cutest little boy and this is really hitting our 2nd street block hard. My prayers and deepest sympathies are extended to the whole family.
April 30, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Chad's passing. I will keep all of his loved ones in my thoughts and prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.
April 30, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this time of sorrow.
April 30, 2013
Thank you all for the wounderful comments about my beloved son. You all helped ease the pain tonight as I read these wounderful comments.
April 30, 2013
Chad, Special nephew, special friend, just so special! I love you and I am at a loss for words. I am so glad we were reunited a few years ago and kept in touch! I miss you and will think of you always...Promise I will stay in contact with your girls and Markie will meet them... I love you! Aunt Barb
April 29, 2013
Very sorry to hear of Chad's passing. He was a great guy and I am glad to have met him. May his soul rest in peace and may God heal the hearts of all of his loved ones, family and friends.
April 29, 2013
I remember our days in High School Bud...RIP.....
April 29, 2013
Chad I just can not believe that tomorrow I will see you for the last time. You will be forever in my heart. I LOVE YOU Aunt Debbie
April 29, 2013
So sad you passed away at such a young age. I remember growing up with you- lots of fun times! God bless your soul.
April 29, 2013
Deepest prayers and sympathy to everyone who knew and loved this wonderful man. Chad was a great person and will be missed.
April 29, 2013
Words cannot express the sense of loss and emptiness we feel without you here, Chad. You were the true meaning of a best friend and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you for the wonderful memories. May you rest in peace.
April 29, 2013
Prayers being sent to Chads family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Chad was a good friend growing up! Rest in Peace Chad!
April 29, 2013
RIP Chad...I was so sad to hear this news! We shared many laughs in high school. Sending prayers....
April 29, 2013
So sorry for your loss. I knew Chad from Mercy Hospital. A very nice and polite guy.
April 29, 2013
Barb ~ wish I had words to lighten your agony but sometimes words are just not enough. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know first hand there are no words to console you at this time....
April 29, 2013
May you RIP Chad !!!!
April 29, 2013
God Bless and God speed, Chad you'll always be in our hearts. When your walking the beat with Saint Michael smile on all of us.

The McCormack's
April 29, 2013
To the family we are so sorry about your loss. Chad was a pleasure to work with at Northeast! We had some good times after work. We Will Miss you! Kothe and Bieber!!!
April 29, 2013
April 29, 2013
Chad the news of your passing brought back many road trip memories and just being good friends in the day :). My heart goes out to your girls and your family. Be Good My FRIEND!
April 29, 2013
I am so sadden to hear of Chad's passing. I was his first grade teacher teacher at St. Marys. I remember him well. He was always so polite and cheerful. God Bless him and his family.
April 29, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about Chad's passing. We can't even imagine what it would be like to loose a son and at an early age. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 29, 2013
wow what a life to take so soon...you will be dearly missed mr cantu...may the lord accept you in heaven with arms wide open, and may your family and friends have peace during this time of mourning...God bless you my friend ...much love and respect, michelle peterson
April 29, 2013
Very sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family in this very sad time.
April 29, 2013
I am so saddened to hear about his passing. He was a great guy and friend during high school. My prayers and thoughts are with your family and friends.
April 29, 2013
Deepest sympathies to the Cantu family. He left us too soon.

What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind. ~William Wordsworth
April 29, 2013
Way too young. Very sad.
April 29, 2013
rest in peace dear friend and neighbor, I will miss your huge smile and your wonderful sense of humor, my deepest condolences to the family, and to his daughter's, your Dad loved you beyond words and he was so proud of you, I will miss hearing your voices when you came for visit's..May God grant comfort to your family, rest in peace, " see you on the other side"
April 29, 2013
So sorry to hear about Chad. What a great guy. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
April 29, 2013
Your time came way to soon! Can't believe it. May you rest in peace. Prayers to the family, especially his two young girls that he loved dearly.
April 29, 2013
Im so sad to hear this news.. you were a friend in school to all who knew you.. may you RIP!
April 29, 2013
RIP Chad. A true friend.And now a Guardian Angel for us all.
April 29, 2013
Chad I'll always remember the good times we had. I always looked at you as my big brother. You will be GREATLY missed by soooo many. My heart truly goes out to your girls.They were your pride and joy. RIP My dear freind/big brother.
April 29, 2013
My deepest condolences to Chad's family. He was a great guy and had a knack for making people smile. Rest in peace my friend, from your old St. Mary's bud, John.
April 29, 2013
Tom, Marlene & family so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you all.
April 29, 2013
Chad you were a great friend and you will be missed. Till we meet again..Cheers.
April 29, 2013
"Visions of good times that brought so much pleasure makes me want to go back again" Fins up my friend! You will be missed!
April 29, 2013
Barb and Tom, we are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful son. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God keep your family in His care.
April 29, 2013
There was a huge hole on our volleyball court at St. Joe's in Amherst yesterday. Chad will be dearly missed . . Janice Klesta
April 29, 2013
I Miss You Buddy!
April 29, 2013
MY DEEPEST REGRETS FROM AN OLD ST. MARY'S PAL .
April 29, 2013
chad you will be missed my brother. thanks for all the good times we spent together playing volleyball and in life. gone to soon
April 29, 2013
We are so sorry to lose a great guy. If you ever needed a laugh, Chad was your man. Always had a story to tell. We will miss him dearly
Jim Shauck and Mindy Pritt
April 29, 2013
He will be greatly missed by his Mercy Family. Only the good die young!
April 29, 2013
SO sorry that you were taken from us way too soon. You will be very missed, by everyone.
April 28, 2013
Chad,,,so sorry you left us so early...God bless your family in this day....I will miss you...
April 28, 2013
RIP Chad A great guy A great DAD Prayers for his family,especially his 2 little girls God Bless all of you
April 28, 2013
Hi,Barb and family. So sorry for your loss. All of us McIntire's loved Chad. I remember when my mom Denise McIntire used to babysit Chad. Chad and my brother Mike were good friends when we lived in Ohio on Osborn Ave. Once again we are all sorry for your loss. God bless you all.
April 28, 2013
I'm so very sorry for this loss.. I will always treasure the memories of growing up with him.. God Bless
April 29, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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