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Celebrating life.

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When someone dies, few of us know the right words to say. We always seem to feel uncomfortable knowing that anything we say, will never bring enough comfort to those left behind.

The same can be said in following years, as we move from straight mourning to remembering the good - and the bad.

The country has gone through it with the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. After seven years, tributes on their lives have rightfully replaced strict memorials of their deaths.

This past weekend, on the fifth anniversary of Martin McNamara V's death fighting a house fire in Lancaster, family and friends gathered, not just to mark his death, but, even more importantly, to remember his life (see story, page 1). It feels almost sacrilegious, to some, to laugh when talking about someone who has passed, but it is a natural part of the healing.

And it was time for the community to come together to tell Martin McNamara V's three daughters - Molli, 10, Elizabeth, 7, and Marty, almost 5 - about why their father made a difference in the community. It wasn't for his death, but for the way he led his life. Listening to people talk, they noted his sense of humor, his way of making them laugh, even five years after his death.

Yes, Martin McNamara V will always be remembered as a hero who battled a house fire and was willing to lose his life to make sure there was no one in the burning building. But now is the time to make sure his daughters know that their father made a difference with the way he lived his life.



CUTLINE: Balloons catch in a tree during a memorial for Martin McNamara V Saturday in Lancaster.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 2, 2008
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