To the editor:
I am writing to express my thanks to the people of Marblehead for their outpouring of support for me and my family after the loss of my daughter, Andrea.
People have stopped me on the street, and wherever I go, to hug me and express their condolences. I have received countless cards and letters — many from people I don’t even know — who have told me how Annie changed their lives, or the lives of their children.
In spite of numerous health issues and surgeries over the past 14 years, Andrea never complained and never stopped smiling. It seems everyone she knew loved her. I told the Corinthian Yacht Club to expect 65-75 people at her celebration of life, yet well over 300 attended — a wonderful tribute to my daughter.
Andrea was my best friend and the light of my life, and things will never be the same for me without her. But knowing how much she was loved and how much joy she gave to all who knew her gives me hope and strength to go on.
Thank you again for your affection and support.
Joel P. Gleason