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Memorial created 09-24-2006 by
Lynda Simmons
Brian Eddie Colletti
August 2 1979 - July 25 2004

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Brian Eddie Colletti, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Brian's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Brian forever. The song you are listening to is by Kenny Chesney~'Who You'd Be Today' (Adam recorded this on his phone and played it for me when he was home for the tournament...Thank you Adam. I love you and Brian loved you so very much!) Grief is now a part of my soul, it will be with me the rest of my life. My journey now is learning how to live with my pain, re-inventing myself & my life. I will never be the same, now I am faced with the task of figuring out who I am and where I fit in this world. The closer I am to God, the closer I feel to Brian... I know I am not alone in this journey and many share my pain. Brian touched each of us in his own special way. I truly believe he is still reaching down from heaven, watching over us and continues to touch us in his own special way... I pray you will find your way and that God will carry you through in those times you feel so very lost. We can survive the unsurvivable...know that you are in my prayers... Love never dies...and one day we will see our precious Brian Eddie again. What an incredible day that will be! Until then we have to hold tight to hope and faith...and be the best people that we can be...and embrace peace ~God Bless you and keep you in his loving grace ~Lynda (*Brian's mom)


Your Presence I saw the moon, it was shining so bright, Did you hang it there tonight? I saw a star, all alone in the sky, Did you place it there so high? I felt the ocean breeze blowing through my hair, Was that you telling me you were there? I heard the waves gently rolling on the beach, I thought I heard them whisper you were just within my reach… I felt the sand caressing my toes, Were you helping to ease my woes? I could smell the air with the salt from the sea, I truly felt your presence all around me… ~Lynda Simmons~ Brian’s mom 9/17/05 I love you Brian, yesterday, today, tomorrow…forever Brian Eddie Colletti 8/2/79~7/25/04


I believe that God can and will bring good out of Brian's tragedy...I want Brian to be remembered for who he was, the loving and kind person he was, for his beautiful smile, his fun sense of humor, his ability to encourage others, how he loved to dance, his love for children and how sensitive he was to those in need. He was a peacemaker and a wonderful son. These are things I want people to remember. I don't want him to be remembered as the 'guy who got shot'. He was and is so much more than that, he was a cherished family member, a son, a brother, a nephew, a grandson, an uncle, a godfather, a leader, a shipmate and a loving, loyal friend... This is why I know I need to go on, share my love of Brian with others and trust God to guide me and help me to bring about something good out of something so horrible...


I do try to find the small blessings in each day and work on being thankful in all circumstances. It can be quite a challenge some days! I know God will always give me the strength to continue. His grace is sufficient. I believe that part of God's plan for me is to reach out to others who are suffering the same pain. I find a lot of comfort in the bible. The Lord will give you rest if you trust and believe. He can also bring you the most incredible peace in the midst of the most horrible pain...that is amazing. I feel like God is guiding me. I feel like I need to share his peace and love as much as possible, in any way possible. One way I do this is by sharing about my son and his life. He brought a special joy to those who knew him and was a ray of light in any darkness. His love continues to shine in the hearts of many...


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