Gone Too Soon

Colin Alexander Covish,

My dear cousin, November 6, 2016 is a day I will never forget. That day, I lost the guy who had been my buddy since the day I was born. I still struggle to find the appropriate words to say because you were truly a one-of-a-kind person.

You were always so happy, and a joy to be around. Colin, you were such a passionate person, and I can only hope to be half as passionate as you were. You poured everything you were into caring for the people who were special to you. You were the most talented guitar player I know, and it was only more impressive that you were almost exclusively self-taught. I am so thankful we found the video you took playing “Never Too Late” because it is one of my favorite songs. You loved working on your cars, and I am thankful that the last time I saw you, you were doing just that. In one of the last conversations we had, you were telling me about what else you needed to get your certifications for your chosen career, and the light in your eyes was unforgettable.

Family gatherings and holiday meals will never be the same for me. In the event I wasn’t sitting by you, we were texting each other the whole time about any number of things (including the shenanigans that were ensuing).

On the day you died, your mom commented that you lived life to the absolute fullest, didn’t let things get you down, and you were one of the happiest people. I can think of no better way to sum you up.

The days following your death have been the longest in my life. I don’t know if I (or anyone else) will ever be able to wrap my head around this. I keep asking “Why him?” even though I know there won’t be an answer.

I believe in an afterlife, and I believe that not only are you still with us, I will see you again. The rest of the family and I are amazed by the ways you have shown yourself to us since that day: your mom’s dreams, the pennies, the radio, the orb, the door. I also know that in our moments of crazy, you have been laughing right along with us.

I love you, and I will never forget you.

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P.S. I’m dreading every holiday for the rest of my life without you.


I want to take a moment to thank everyone that has reached out to my aunt, my cousin Parker, other members of our family, and myself. All of you have had such kind words, and I am in awe of the number of lives Colin impacted. Please do not hesitate to continue to reach out to my aunt in the coming weeks. Also, please continue to support each other. 

2 thoughts on “Gone Too Soon

  1. I am so sorry for your loss!


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