~Eric's Page~

In Loving Memory



~Eric Todd Downey~
Oct.10, 1965 - Dec.15 1998

On December 15, 1998, Eric was suddenly and tragically taken from us.
His passing has left us all in a state of shock.
He was gone so quickly that there were no good-byes.
He was taken at a time when his life was finally falling into place.He recently graduated from Shelby State Community College with a degree in education.
He was a teacher at WestSide High School here in Memphis,where he also coached
wrestling and football. He worked well with young people. He was best known to his students as "Coach Eric"; A man who brought out the best in them, who understood them and who encouraged them to make themselves better.
Eric had overcome many obstacles and was only beginning to live the life that he was making for himself. Although he still had much to accomplish, God sent an angel for him because he had done what he was sent to do; his job here was finished. Eric touched many lives in his brief time. He was the most giving person that I have ever known; always willing to do anything he could to help someone. He was a brilliant and very driven individual. He was deeply loved by his friends.
It seems inconceivable that the world can go one without him in it.
He touched our lives and we will never be the same.
This page is a tribute to him, to his life.
It is filled with words and feelings that were never expressed, with the hope that it will ease the void that his loss has left in each of us.
It is for him and for us. There is nothing more we can give him.
Eric, we will love you forever.
Love, Coral,Joan, Nick, Charles, Shaun and Sherri




For a good angel will go with him, his journey will be sucessful,
and he will come home safe and sound.

~Apocryphia, Tobias 5:21~



~Togetherness~

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped into the next room.
Whatever we were to each other, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the same way you always have.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile,think of me, pray for me.
Life means all that it has ever meant
It is the same as it always was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight?
I am but watiting for you, for an interval
Somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well; nothing is past.
Nothing has been lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it as it was before--only better.
Infinitely happier.
We will be together as one, together forever.
~Henry Canon Holland~





WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all my life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I'd miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you".
Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful, so trusting, and so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won't you take my hand and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart.

©DAVID M. ROMANO

~Special friends become our chosen family~

I've learned...
that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.
~Michelle-Katrina~


Like uncut diamonds,many individuals have shining qualities beneath a rough exterior

"You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here"
from the song "Angel"

"My life is better left to chance,
I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance"
~garth brooks~

This prayer was sent to me anonymously

~My Guardian Angel Prayer~


Angel of God my Guardian true,
who brings God's love from Heaven blue,
Keep me now from errant flight,
in calm and storm through day and night.
Be with me now my Angel true,
In my last breath take me with you.
O Angel strong with you I pray,
Protect my soul and light my way.
I thank the Lord for sending you,
My Angel of God, My Guardian true.
Amen.

A True Friend

A true friend is cherished by all who knew them
Mostly for their trust and loyalty
A friend is a lot like a love
You don't know what you've got until it's gone
Friends will stick by your side
They'll be there when you need someone to listen
They'll lend you their shoulder to cry
So many times I wonder
Why did you have to die ?
You were such a friend to me
And I know that you'll befriend the angels just the same
I know you'll be there to watch over me
You'll forever be alive in our hearts !!!

~Tracy Lindemon~

~Our lives are like candles; the flame may flicker and die,
but the memory will last forever~

I Talked To The Stars Tonight


The miles are long my love,
The miles are an everlasting part that cuts to the heart.
But fear not my love, For I talked to the Stars Tonight
When times look so sad, and the heart begins to cry,
I look to the Stars my love. There, oh There,
I see all the love you have for me in the stars.
For I talked to the Stars Tonight, I saw your smile
I gazed into your eyes through the stars tonight.
I told the stars to hurry my love to thee.
For you my love, I Talked to the Stars Tonight
. What a sight there was in the shadow of the stars tonight.
My loves smile was looking down on me.
And oh how my heart smiled, To see such a beautiful sight.
As I look upon the Stars Tonight,
I sent a message, To the one I hold dear
I Talked To The Stars Tonight.
~Lisa Angel~

"The Heart Will Go On"

Every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you
That is how I know you go on.
Far across the distance
and spaces between us,
You have come to show you go on.
Near,Far,wherever you are,
I believe that the heart does go on,
Once more, you opened the door
And you're here in my heart,
and my heart will go on and on.
Love can touch us one time,
and last for a lifetime,
And never let go till we're gone.
Love was when I loved you,
one true time to hold on to
In my life we'll always go on.
Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more, you opened the door
And you're here in my heart,
and my heart will go on and on.
You're here, there's nothing I fear
And I know that my heart will go on.
We'll stay, forever this way
You are safe in my heart
and my heart will go on and on.
~From the movie "Titanic"~

~Do not regret growing older.
It is a priveledge denied to many who die young~

***

I've learned
that your family won't always
be there for you. It may seem funny,
but people you aren't related to
can take care of you and love you
and teach you to trust people again.
Families aren't biological.
~Michelle-Katrina~

***

I've learned... that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
~Michelle-Katrina~

~Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for awhile leaving footprints on our hearts
...and we are forever changed.~





If you have a dream

If you have a dream....
Don't wait for some distant day to come,
It may be too late before you've even begun.
Not everyone will agree with all you decide.
Be true to yourself first and foremost.
The only important thing in life is what you DO
with the time you spend here on earth.
Don' t be afraid to follow your desires,
They are not silly nor selfish.
Take the time and do what makes you feel alive.
Leave your fears and regrets in the past,
for this is where they belong.
Don't cloud today with things that can't be undone.
You have no more control over yesterday or tomorrow,
than you do the raging of your passions.
Do not quiet these dreams nor quench your desires.
For if you do, your journey is ended.
You have only today to begin anew and follow your dreams.
For in the end all we have are our memories.
When the twilight comes to us, let there be,
No excuses, no explanations, no regrets!"

~~author unknown~~





The Keeper of Friendship

In a friendship We're free to expose,
Parts of ourselves Nobody else knows.
But the thing that sustains it And sets it apart,
Is not something spoken It's a bond of the heart.
True friends are rare In a lifetime two or three,
I'm so glad it happened Between you and me!

~Author Unknown~

***

Eric on Coral's laptop. He loved computers and was very knowledgable about them. If you were having a problem with your computer...he was the person to call. He worked on mine several times. He loved to play games online, especially cribbage and chatting on ICQ. We used to have alot of fun talking on the computer. His name on ICQ was DoctorCards32.

~Thoughts of you always make me smile~

~Fall's Song~
When leaves see summers last smile...
They give us the joy of beauty once more In their colors...
As they start to say goodbye we see the times of our youth
In every leaf that falls. So with a smile and a tear,
We say fare well my Fall's song... Till the day you once more come back,
and kiss us with your smile, and flash of color
As fall comes and childhood dreams fall from trees.
We smile to thank our God
For all the beauty we share with the times Of Fall's Song...
With falls song lets go back to summers last love and smile to see we have grown,
and We have shared fall's last song
Come to fall with the thought of a song in your heart,and let it greet you,
when spring comes once again and we share all the dreams Of Fall's Last Song

~Lisa Angel~





There has been a memorial fund set up in Eric's name.
All proceeds will go to the wrestling team at Westside High School.
The money will be used to purchase a wrestling mat that will bear Eric's name.
***
Send donations to:
WestSide High School
3389 Dawn Drive
Memphis, Tennessee 38127


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