August 30, 2009

Dear Friends of the Buckeye Brook Coalition

Today I awoke with such joy in my heart as my family was looking forward to attending the Baptism of a good friend's first daughter. I find this symbolic of a renewal, freshness of life and new beginnings. Upon the completion of that wonderful ceremony, the day turned upside down.

I come to you with a very heavy heart today, with upsetting news. I need to inform you that Stephan P. Insana, the founder and current Vice President of the Buckeye Brook Coalition, has passed away, very unexpectedly. Calling hours are scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Quinn Funeral Home on Warwick Avenue. His funeral will be held Thursday at 9am from the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Kevin Church, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI. We will forward more definite information to you as soon as we learn it.

For now, all I can ask is that you all please keep Steve and his family in your prayers. This takes us all by surprise, and as it all sinks in over the next days and weeks, I want you to remember Steve for the passion is his heart. I personally have lost a close friend whom I've referred to as my "Buckeye Brother". Those of you who knew him, knew that the brook was his life's purpose. That purpose will not be lost with his passing, I hope! No, I know! Because I believe that a piece of that passion will live in everyone who knew him, like it does in me.

A Gathering of Crows
One crow for sorrow,
Two crows for joy,
Three crows for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five crows for silver,
Six crows for gold,
Seven crows for a secret never to be told.

Today one crow flies lonely in the sky. Beat your chest to revive mother earth that soon two crow's fly again.

My deepest regrets

Paul Earnshaw
President Buckeye Brook Coalition