Debbie and I were cousins. The exact same age. As teenagers, we were a bit wild, we had a lot of fun together. Over the years we would lose touch for a while and then reconnect on social media. It always felt like we picked up where we left off. Deb was beautiful in so many ways, I felt loved and content in her presence, even if it wasn't physical presence.
I remember attending a preformence in downtown Boston way back in the late 90's. I always knew Debbie was talented. I remember being blown away by who she had become. I have always s been so proud of her.
Deb and I hadn't connected in a few years and when my oldest brother Steve (Klaper) told me she had passed a few weeks ago, I honestly thought it was some kind of joke. How could my cousin debbie be gone... How does a light that bright, a heart so pure be extinguished far to soon... I'm still in shock and wishing we had stayed in touch over the last few years.
To Don and the boys, my thoughts, prayers and love are with you, of course. Your pain, inimaginable. I am so sorry.