Terrouge E-zine Archives
Tribute from Kenny
Well, I saved writing this article until as late as I could without delaying the issue. No one should have to write about losing a friend and colleague when they're still a teenager; no one should have to create a cover memorializing a friend taken from us before he could reach his potential. Yet that is the way events have turned out. I would that they hadn't, but they have.
I was first introduced to Josh through David, and we soon formed a fast friendship, through which friendship Terrouge eventually resulted. At the time, we just wanted to make something cool in the Redwall Online Community -- Dave and Josh came up with the idea for an online magazine, Kelly provided the beautiful illustrations, and we soon set off to make our mark on the ROC. None of us foresaw the success that would eventually come to us, and none of us ever thought for a moment that one of us would leave this world so soon in life. At the time we were happy, we were doing something that was entertaining and we were doing it with friends. We were all immortal, protected by our youth and the timeless bonds of the Internet, and none of us ever gave serious thought that we might lose any of our friends so early on.
I regret that over the years since those first happy times, I did not keep in touch with Josh as well as I now wish I would have. We had some disagreements, some vehement arguments, but always, I think we reconciled our differences, without lasting damage to the friendship that we had built. I was secretively supportive of Josh in all his endeavors, though I wasn't always aware of what he was doing at the times he was doing them, and I hope that he was equally supportive of me.
Whatever differences we had in our lives, in our personalities, in our ambitions, Josh was a truly great guy. If I had any doubts of that fact, they were completely laid to rest by reading the rest of the articles in this issue. He was uniquely good, he had a good heart in him, and a love for his Savior and all mankind. His passing touched the life of many people, and his life touched so many more. He simply was good, and you could tell that in all of his dealings.
Our community misses you, Josh. I miss you. Fare well in your new life-after-life.