On Saturday, May 28,
our family and friends said Good-bye to my brother Scott. We held
his hand and we sang to him. We told him stories
and promised never to forget him. He promised Dad he would say Hello
to his grandparents and he promised the family he would say Hello
to his cousin Skipper. He was not in any pain, continually smiling
and winking at all of the people who came to see him, and -- believe
me -- a lot of people came to see him. And he loved every minute
of it :>)
My heart is beyond heavy
and I am not sure if I will ever make sense of this terrible loss
but I do know one thing -- I will forever feel blessed for having
been there with Scott those past few days, for sharing so many
smiles and stories and for having the opportunity to tell him how
much I love him. And more than anything, to be there for him, along
with so many family members and friends, when he had to go.
past nine months have not been easy for our family. Without all
of the wonderful support, love
and prayers from our friends (that would be you) it would have been
unbearable. I believe there is one (and only one) good thing that
comes from a situation like Scott's and that is the opportunity it
gives us all to be good and caring and kind. And perhaps a reminder
to live more in the moment, too. (O.K., that's two good things.)
Scott didn't need a reminder -- he believed in taking care of people;
in looking out for one another. And he always lived in the moment,
flying by the seat of his pants, with a big, fat grin on his face
Here's to Scott!
We'll be having a memorial
service to celebrate Scott's life at the Shepherd of the Lake Church,
13760 McKenna Road, NW, Prior Lake,
MN (just outside of MPLS) on Friday, June 10th at 1pm. A college
fund (see obituary below) will be set up for Scott's children. There
will be more information regarding this on my website soon.
A heartfelt thank you for all of your prayers and support.
W. Allard, born May 5, 1960 in Minneapolis,
MN, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2005, surrounded by family and
friends, after a courageous battle with melanoma. Scott was a beloved
son, father; husband, brother, cousin, uncle and friend. He is survived
by his parents, Mary Catherine Burns and William Allard, his wife Erin,
sons Logan and Ben, daughter Madeline, brothers David and Anthony,
sisters Chris and Terri and aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and extended
Scott graduated from Orange County High School and the University
of Dayton. One of his many loves was theater. He began his acting
career with the 4 County Players in Barboursville, VA, and continued
on professionally in Minnesota, appearing in several stage productions
and local commercials. He loved cooking, golf, horse racing, sports,
practical jokes and spending time with his family. Scott always saw
the good side in everyone and was very special in so many ways. His
energy and laughter will be with us always.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 10 at 1pm at the
Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 13760 McKenna Road, NW, Prior
Lake, MN. In lieu of flowers, a 529 College Fund has been set up
for his children.
Memorials may be sent to:
Shakopee, MN, 55379
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