First, my warmest thanks to Kit at By the Brook. Kit, those flowers were lovely and I want you to know, they played a role front and center at the memorial service tonight. I want you to know, Kit, I told my classmates about your comment, how there is a special bond with fellow law school students because we have been through the crucible together of the long hours, the hard work, and the challenge of the bar. They nodded - yes, that was a true statement.
And your thoughts and the flowers added to the beauty of the service. It was bittersweet to have a reunion with old friends for the reason of honoring our buddy, Stu. I want to thank also Steve Lurie, my classmate at Loyola Law School who organized this gathering and I was proud to see him in his LAPD uniform.
Rabbi Chaim Kolodny gave what he called a "non-traditional" prayer at the closing. He told us the story of Stacy King who was a top draft pick for the Chicago Bulls back in the day. The first game out King scored one - just one - point. In that same game, Michael Jordan scored his career high of 69 points. When later interviewed, King said it was a night he would cherish forveer. When quizzed about it, because, after all, he had only scored one point, he said, "Because it was the night Michael Jordan and I scored 70 points together." As Rabbi Kolodny then said, we thank Stu for giving us all the opportunity to combine our one point with his 69 in this game of life.
The death of someone as good and as young as Maj. Stuart Wolfer is a tragedy, but a greater tragedy occurs when someone dies and is not remembered. But to prevent that from happening, it must be more than simple recollections and thoughts. It must be appreciating how that person enhanced your life and doing likewise for others.
Kit understanding what it means to lose a law school classmate.
Steve organizing the event tonight.
Gretchen and Nina putting together the plaque we will send his widow, to let her know how much Stu touched our lives.
Big Jim, I will see you on the 21st and, dammit, we got that easel to stay still in the wind, didn't we?
Karl giving a eulogy for Stu that was touching and heartwarming - thank you.
Dean Gold establishing a drive to create an endowment in Stu's name whereby a scholarship will be set up at Loyola Law School for returning veterans.
And Stuart Wolfer showing us how to live a wonderful and good life, and sacrificing his own for all of us. Godspeed home, troop. I hope you got a laugh at seeing us all there tonight.