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Grieving family thanks all who have helped

I wish to thank all of the wonderful people who have reached out to help my son and me through the death of my loving husband, Eric John Meyers, who was hit by a sport utility vehicle while walking on the morning of Dec. 29.

Eric was the most honest, generous, caring, hard-working, loving and gentle man, and he will be forever in our hearts.

Our hearts go out to the many friends, relatives, neighbors, staff and kids from Mc­Kitrick Elementary School, the Cheval Women's Group, the staff at the Cheval security gates, the PTA, homeschool groups, the churches, people from the VillaRosa and Cheval and surrounding communities, and all those who have helped us in so many ways after the loss of Eric.

Honestly, we did not know how on earth we could manage without Eric. However, we have had so much help every day. This is largely because of neighbor Laura Torres, who knocked on doors and sent an e-mail out about what had happened. We have only lived here for a short time, and people from this entire area have been doing everything for us, above and beyond anything we have ever seen in our lives.

The help we are receiving is incredible, from prayers, flowers, cards, food every day for over a month, rides to appointments, donations for my son's education, setting up a calendar where people can sign up to help, addressing thank-you cards, help with moving, cleaning, furnishings and gifts, repairs on our home, fundraisers, offers to do everything and anything to support us from so many. We are lucky we moved to this area as the love and support that has been surrounding us has been so incredible.

Others who have gone above and beyond are Christine DeSena, Jeanne Primmer, Carrie Russel and her Monday night Bible study group, Lisa Coghan, Mary Noble, Christine Mara, Suzanne Linnell, Sue Gordon (the last three held fundraisers and contributed very generously), Tere and Juan Borda, Evelyn Wright, Yulia Pledger, Don Floyd, Sandra Boruty, their families and way too many others to list. A special thanks goes out to the Cheval Women's Group, which donated generously to my son's college fund and handled the entire memorial service. Family and friends attended from New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Iowa, Illinois and all over Florida.

We are also so grateful for the help we received from the Cheval security staff.

We are being taken care of by so many people in and around Lutz because of Laura Torres' e-mail. Because I am disabled, I needed to hire someone to live in to help us. I was ready to run an ad when Elba Blanco, the mother of neighbor Juan Borda, offered her services in exchange for room and board, so she could be near her family. She is now with us and we love her very much.

There will have been three services in three different states all in honor of my husband, for he was dearly loved by all who knew him. He will be forever in our hearts.

Grieving family thanks all who have helped 03/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:26am]

    

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