Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Ryan Lawrence was one of the many friendly folks that I met over the years from working at Schroeder’s. He was there during one of my favorite periods where the crew was super tight and good times were shared all the time whether at work or at play. Ryan became one of my favorite people because he had an honest smile, good sense of humor, and overall great demeanor. He was definitely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and very laid back and easy to get a long with.
He was also a selfless individual and enrolled into the Marines and became a Sergent in just four years. We all missed him when he was away in Afghanistan for those four years. It was great to see him when he came back. He played at the kickball games, hung out like the good ol’ days, traded cd’s and had lots of laughs and fun times. On that level it was hard to see that Ryan was struggling on the inside. For those who knew him closer than that, I guess it was more apparent. Anyway, when he decided to move to New Orleans I hoped that he would find whatever it was he was looking for and return a happy and complete fella, or that he would love it there and I’d have someone to go visit. I wish I would have tried to visit earlier because I know we would have had a great time.
It hurt all of our hearts to find that Ryan took his life at the end of May. I am typing this in a room that used to be his room before my lady friend bought this house about 5 years ago. I hope you don’t mind me sharing all this, Ryan. He was a great friend to have and I know he is now at peace and is looking over his friends and family.
So this Saturday a group of friends have organized a get together called Remembering Ryan. It’s an unofficial memorial in which friends of Ryan are invited to come congregate in his memory and share stories and basically just celebrate Ryan’s life. Muletide Perkins Trio and Seth Turner will add music. Everyone is welcome as long as you remember why we’re there. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for a memorial fund that will go directly to his precious daughter, Bella.
Jeremy Hulsey, digital image wizard, worked up this great poster for the event. I think it’s a great representation of Ryan’s great spirit and unforgettable smile.