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The light of a distant star continues to reach the earth long after the star itself is gone.
In the same way, the light and love you gave will continue to shine in many hearts.

Petty Officer Brian Eddie Colletti
Aug. 2, 1979 ~ July 25, 2004
 



 


www.brianeddiefoundation.org



May All Be Filled With Joy and Peace


May all be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The meek and the powerful,
The short and the long,
The subtle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,
Both seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or nearby,
Being, or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.

Let no one deceive another,
Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering to anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from hurt,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the whole universe
To its full height, depth, and broad extent,
Then, as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a onepointed mind:
Your life will bring heaven to earth.


- Translated by Stephen H. Ruppenthal

Buddhist
source: From "The Path of Awakening: Passages for Meditation." Copyright (c) 2004 by Stephen H. Ruppenthal






To die is to be set free from the ties that bind us here to the earth…we are free from all the burdens of this life, finally free to let our souls soar and know we are complete in the presence of our Lord.....lms '06

Peace & Love to all who visit this site.  Please light a candle and let us know that you were here.  God Bless you~
Lynda
*Brian's mom

 

THE BRIAN EDDIE FOUNDATION, INC. IS OFFICIALLY INCORPORATED!  
THE FOUNDATION WILL ADDRESS CRIME PREVENTION, ASSIST YOUTH AT RISK AND YOUNG ADULTS, PROMOTE PEACE THROUGH CONFLICT RESOLUTION EDUCATION AND IT WILL BE THE OFFICIAL HOME OF DUNK FAN!  WHEREVER GOD LEADS US, WE WILL GO!  EMBRACING PEACE AND REACHING OUT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 


THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED ME FROM THE BEGINNING!  THANK YOU FOR LOVING MY SON!  I LOVE YOU ALL!  
PEACE & BLESSINGS ALWAYS~
LYNDA
*BRIAN'S MOM





On July 25, 2004 my son, Brian Eddie Colletti was senselessly murdered. The above verse is inscribed on his marker. He was a Petty Officer for the United States Coast Guard.

Brian was loved and respected by all who knew him. He had the unique gift of compassion, loving others unconditionally came easily to him. He was considered a peacemaker by his friends, dependable and reliable by his shipmates and co-workers, with a positive, easy going personality, always caring and offering encouragement to others. Brian was a good and respectful son, loved his family very much, was his oldest brother’s best friend, a fun-loving uncle and brother-in-law, a treasured nephew, loving grandson, a dedicated godfather to his shipmate and friend’s daughter, he was someone who filled many roles in the lives of many people. Brian had no enemies, he was loved by all who met him. Brian also loved all those he met and those he didn’t. He was the example of the phrase, Strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet.

In the dictionary the definition of the word compassion is;  A deep feeling of sharing the suffering of another; mercy.  This is also a definition of my son. He had the gift of compassion for others, he was the most loving and caring human being I have ever known. He loved people unconditionally. To Brian, it didn’t matter who you were, where you lived, how much money you had, the color of your skin, he took people at face value or ‘heart value’ and saw the good in everyone. He considered himself a friend to everyone. He took his relationships with others very serious and saw them as a privilege, he never took others for granted.  What a gift he had and his love is his legacy that he left for us all. 

There is a quote by Storm Jameson that says, ‘Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed…  Brian was a happy person and that is how he lived his life, simply, freely and with purpose.

I know that God has a great helper, a precious angel in his kingdom and we will see him again.

Brian touched many lives and the love he shared and the acts of kindness he did can never be undone. His love will continue on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He will never be forgotten, his spirit lives on as we pass along the love he so freely gave us, we in turn will freely give it to many others…

I no longer question why. The question now is what? What can I do with this God? Who can I help? How can I help to bring something good out of our tragedy? I believe that is what we are supposed to do with our experiences, good and bad. We need to share them with others in a way that makes a difference. I believe that my tragedy may be someone else's blessing one day.

I thank God for his faithfulness and grace. He is my source of strength and my refuge. His grace is sufficient. Without God in my life, I would have laid down and died. I do not know how anyone can live and not believe. I don't know how anyone can live without God's help and love. I don't know why anyone would want to...

Peace & Blessings~
Lynda Simmons
Brian Colletti’s mother






  





     



























 

















































































































 

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Tributes and Condolences
Happy 35th Birthday Brian!   / Lynda Simmons (Mom)
I sit here and I'm at a loss for words. I feel quiet inside...almost like the calm before the storm. I know the tears are coming, I can feel it. It's hard to imagine you as a 35 year old man. What would you look like, who would you be today? I...  Continue >>
My Story recorded by StoryCorps   / Lynda Simmons (Mother)
http://www.peacepatron.com/LyndaStoryCorps/Lynda%20Story%20Corps.mp3
Thinking of you...   / Danielle Whalen (Shipmate/Friend)
A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow-- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, I...  Continue >>
Never Easy...   / Lynda Simmons (mom)
Dear Brian, No matter how much time passes, it still isn't easy.  I miss you all the time but during this time I feel it more intensely... It's hard to believe it's been 8 years!  I remember when it was 2 years & I thought I would not...  Continue >>
Article in local newspaper   / Lynda Simmons (Brian's mom )
Mother's grief helps others find their way by-Bill Kirby Jr Lynda Simmons has turned her own grief and personal tragedy into something positive. In her words: "Fayetteville has a problem with crime. We have a problem with violence and gangs are...  Continue >>
6th Annual Dunkfan  / Lynda Simmons (mom)    Read >>
Brian Eddie Foundation Christmas G.I.V.E. Project  / Lynda Simmons (mom)    Read >>
Happy Birthday...  / Lynda (Brian's mom )    Read >>
REMEMBERING YOU & YOUR FAMILY THIS 4TH  / GRMA ROSE TO ANGEL BRITTANY SYFERT     Read >>
Easter blessings & love to you & your angel.  / Ruth/Twin To My Angel Jose Figueira (connected by Angels )    Read >>
Angels / Angelica Grover (Twinless Twin)     Read >>
Prayer for the New Year  / Lynda (Brian Colletti's mom )    Read >>
Happy New Year!  / Lynda (mom)    Read >>
This Little Candle of Mine...  / Lynda (Brian Colletti's mom )    Read >>
PRECIOUS BRIAN, AND ALL YOUR LOVED ONES  / ROSE GRMA TO ANGEL BRITTANY SYFERT     Read >>
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His legacy
A LEGACY OF LOVE  

Whenever anyone thinks about Brian Eddie Colletti, whether they knew him for years or a short time, you can count on a smile coming across thier face. 

Brian left a Legacy of Love!  All who met him were touched in a way that was permanent, lasting...

He made this world a better and brighter place, and his love continues to grow through the hearts of many who share it with others along life's journey...

~ODE TO BRIAN EDDIE~

A friend to many,
Foe to none,
Leaving behind so many,
Who loved you my son!

This is my ode to you,
We will never forget,
The simple man we knew,
Who loved everyone he met.

Now he watches over us from the Heavens,
He is with us wherever we go,
He left behind so many friends,
I wonder did he even know?

We miss your smile and gentle way,
Most of all we miss your light,
That shines within us everyday,
In a world that no longer feels right.

An ode to you our family, our friend,
Our time together was much too brief,
For when your life came to an end,
This began our journey through grief.

Good-bye to you, Brian Eddie,
You live among the stars,
To let you go, we were not ready,
We will always think of you as ours.

Your spirit lives on deep in our heart,
Your words we still hear,
Even death cannot pull us apart,
From one we hold so dear…

A Legacy of Love you left behind,
For us to carry on and let it grow,
Bringing your love to those we find,
Passing it on wherever we go…

                                                       lms ‘05

Forever in our hearts~

 
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