Paul M. Castle
September 26, 1972 ~ November 25, 2003
Ten years ago you left us. You were a father, son, brother and dear friend. Over the last decade, those of us who mourn your passing, still feel the heavy anguish of loss. We miss you greatly and your distinct personality. Not a day goes by where we don’t think of you. We miss your thoughts about music and sports and work and politics. As easy as it was to wind you up sometimes, you could still best most of us with a reasoned argument. If that didn’t work for you, you would wear us down through sheer contumaciousness. We evaluate how deep our loss is, by how bright the light shines in those you left. You have two wonderful daughters who love the Lord. You would be a grandfather now. You would see close friends and family rise through intense challenges and see their lives succeed beyond what you could have possibly imagined at the time you left. We are all stronger. We are all better. We are all sad. When we look back at our lives and reflect on our passage of time, we evaluate our time by when you were here and the time after. We look at all the things that we know you would have enjoyed and continue to say: “If only Paul were here.” At times-especially this time of year-our hearts are heavy. We pray for peace and understanding. As the years go by, the weight of your absence has lessened. The Lord provides us with comfort, if not the answer to our question: “Why?” We all look forward to that day, when we will reunite and live in a place where God shall wipe away all tears from (our) eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
~ Your loving family and friends.