I'm sitting here completely stunned, I thought we'd all live forever. So sad to hear of Brian's passing. My thoughts are with the entire family.
I first met brian when his family moved to Tucson in I believe the summer of 1972..We were about to begin 7th grade at the brand new Sabino Junior High. The first thing Brian let you know was that the Kanas City Chiefs were the best NFL team!
We all quickly took to Brian. The guys recognized his athletic talent, and the girls all thought he was cute. He had such a happy go lucky spirit and was always smiling. I still have great memories of all the fun times we had playing football and basketball at Fruchtendler. I'll never forget the time Brian stole his mom's cooking timer so we could use it to time the quarters of our games.
We began Junior high followed by high school, and became even closer. Brian and I, along with Kenny, Ross, and others, were pretty inseparable. We were always doing something together; playing pool, bowling, golfing, going to parties, concerts, or just hanging out at one of our houses. We shared a lot of good times, and some stories will remain with only those of us who where there haha. Brian was a great friend; and someone you could always trust to be there for you.
Another funny story was the time we were in 9th grade, and Debbie was driving us to school one morning. We were suddenly pulled over by a sheriff's car, and all told to exit the car. We all got out, and the Sheriff looked at Brian and nodded to the other Sheriff. Debbie asked what was going on, and the sheriif explained there had been a kidnapping. Not only did the car fit the description, but Brian fit the description of the kidnapped boy. After they checked all our ID's, and realized we wern't kidnapping Brian, we all got to go.
High School ended, and we slowly went different directions. Brian and I remained friends, but didn't see each other as often as I would've liked to. It was harder to stay close in those pre-social media days.
I did get a chance to see him at his Birthday party a few years ago....It was great getting caught up on things, and remembering all the fun times we had.
Brian, you were great friend...I miss you buddy!!
See ya again someday,