Sadly, I am getting to the age where the possibility of old friends passing away becomes a reality. Such is the case with Cyndy Fenton, a girl who was part of my group of friends in high school and we had a lot of laughs and good times in those days. She was a year behind me in school and a very sweet and nice person; her whole family is well thought of in town. Cyndy's sister, Robin (she's awesome too, by the way), was in my class and their dad was my 9th grade history teacher (and one of my fave teachers - I could do a whole blog post on my great memories of that year in his class). I hadn't seen her since the late 1980s when Holly & I ran into her at Bobby Byrnes Pub in Sandwich. I'd always hoped she would join Facebook but she didn't.
Unfortunately, she passed away from cancer before I could get a chance to reconnect with her.
Remember, I am from a very small town, and the old townie families have known each other for generations, or, if not that long, since at least the mid 1900's. So I received the news a few hours after she'd passed. Although I didn't like the thought of notifying our old friends via a Facebook status, it was also the fastest way to reach them right away, especially since many are spread out around the country. The outpouring of shock, sympathy and memories was awesome. I just wish I'd had a chance to tell her how much her friendship meant to me before she passed, and for that I am truly sorry.
Here are some photos of her, taken in 1980, 81 & 83, when our lives were still before us.
Sandwich High School Homecoming (post-parade), October 1980
Left to Right: Holly, Kevin, Charlotte, Cyndy and Joey
Lip Synch Party at Joey's House, Dec. 1980
Cyndy & Kevin as Hall & Oates, which was her favourite band.
Christmas Party at Sandy's house, Dec. 1980.Front Row L to R: Sue, Marybeth & Jenny
2nd Row L to R: Joey, Cyndy, Sandy, Bridgette, Carleen, Lisa A., Lisa C. & Tracy
3rd Row L to R: Scott, Charlotte & Robyn
Going Away Party for Holly at My House, June 1981Front Row L to R: Liz, Me, Sandy, Holly, Marybeth & Robyn
2nd Row L to R: Lisa C., Joey, Barit, Bridgette & Cyndy
Halloween Party at Paul's, October 1981.Eddie & Cyndy.
New Years Eve 83/84 Party at Kevin'sKathy & Cyndy.
I'm sorry I never had a chance to see her again before she passed away and to me, she will be forever frozen in time as she appears above. My sincerest condolences to her entire family. I'm not sure if any of them will find and/or read this, but please know that I never forgot her, I thought about her a lot over the years and she will be missed. I also grant them permission to save and use these photographs of her, which I'm sure they have never seen before.
Rest in Peace, dear friend.