February 20, 1991 – February 15, 2020
She was the first person I really fell in love with. Her Mom, Christina, was the most beautiful person I had ever seen, but I fell in love with Chelsea first. At eleven months, she was the smartest walking, talking little person I had ever met. She loved shoes, and always knew whose shoes were whose, and I won her heart when I bought her new favorite shoes with the flashing lights. When I introduced Chelsea and Christina to my Mom (Nan) and Dad (Poppa), they became an inseparable bond: here, and Hopefully now with Nan in Heaven. Chelsea was absolutely fearless: from bugs, to bikes, to snowboarding, to goaltending in soccer where she would wait for the ball carrier to look down to dribble and burst out from between the posts to attack the shocked player, who would almost always give up the ball. Chelsea was a leader, constantly circling her younger siblings and friends where ever she was, making a fun game, and always helping and encouraging the youngest. She always defended the weak. Chelsea made friends everywhere. She was the most accepting and compassionate person I have ever met and she made me a better person by learning from her how to be the same. She loved all animals and our home was always inundated by injured birds, mice, and stray or misplaced pets. Chelsea was patient and kind with every one she met: old, young, poor, disabled, sad or alone. She was the hardest worker I have ever met: the only painter I knew that properly and rapidly cut in the ceilings on stilts, never complaining when having to work late to finish a job, and fastidious with her finish. We had plans. She told me she loved me every day. I will miss that terribly. She loved hard, worked hard and played hard, and we thought she was too tough to die. We really did. She was not only my daughter, but also my friend. I will miss her horribly. Her passing feels like my soul is drowning in a frozen lake: a chilling shock at first, then even colder and darker as I fall away from the light that was her. All we can do is pray that He keeps His Promise and we will see her again, made perfect in Eternity.
Chelsea is survived by her Partner, Sarah; Mother, Christina; me, her Dad, Brian; her Brother, Taylor; her Sister, Jordyn; her Poppa; her Grandma Pat and her hundreds of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and pets. And Friends, if you party, get your free testing strips from ANKORS and have a NARCAN kit in every home. I would really like to express our deepest thanks for everyone expressing the Four H’s of Healing: Hugs, Helping, Hearing and Hanging Around. The phone calls, notes, flowers, food and fellowship has helped us tremendously through this and kept our souls buoyant from the sadness abyss.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 7th at 2 pm at the Eagles Hall at 641 Baker St. Please bring a snack to share with others. An open mic will be available for those who would like to share their thoughts, and, for anyone too shy or sad to speak publicly, please send a note to email@example.com and they will be read out for you.
We love you Chelsea, and I hope to walk In with you together, and Forever. Amen
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