Monday, November 16, 2009

Remember Him Always

He fought a valiant battle until November 15, 2009. And as this blog has proven, he never stopped living...even when the outlook wasn't so bright. He has left a lot of broken hearts behind. If you would like to share in the celebration of Drew's life, all are welcome.

Visitation: 6pm-8pm, November 18th at Jernigan Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, North Carolina

Funeral: 1pm, November 19th at the Main Post Chapel, (Building 1-1510), Sedgewick & Jackson Streets, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia will not be until January 21, 2010 at 11a.m. due to the overwhelming number of burials there. But mark your calendar for a final salute.


  1. I'll be there to say my final goodbye to my much loved cousin. What a legacy you leave cuz. Thank you for the memories. I'm just so heartily sorry there wasn't time to make more of them.

  2. For all the broken hearts he left behind, I'm sure Drew will mend each and every one in due time. He did have an affinity for the big project. As life takes things away, it offers you new experiences...if you look at it right. Drew already shared himself with me today as I met another Drew this afternoon. He's the son of a new friend of mine at work. He's a little 3 year old that was full of questions and wanting to know how it works. I'm sure he was wondering, "why is this guy tearing up?"

    I bet Drew's already started his To-Do list in Heaven. Then he's signed up for a Tee time and went in to the club house to see if there's a friendly game of cards starting up. I bet he'll have a room full of friends before the days over.

    That's just the way he is...

  3. Cousin Drew. We mostly spent time as boys figuring out how to become young men in the wonderful setting of rural upstate New York. Many hours spent swimming in lakes and ponds, tramping through the wooded hills, swinging from grapevines, and pestering sisters. I'm blessed to have shared many meals with you at Grandma and Grandpa Tucker's home...surrounded by Aunts and Uncles, many other cousins. All talking and laughing at once.
    Our lives took off and our visits were few and happens when country boys become family and career men. But you remained an example to me to keep exploring the woods, swinging on vines, and sharing joy around the table with those we love.
    Thanks Drew.

  4. And in the end
    The love you take
    Is equal to the love you make.

    The Beatles said it; Wojo lived it.

    Rest in Peace my brother.


  5. Our thoughts and prayers and with all of you who are left behind. Drew loved his family and friends as much as one can love. He fought a valiant battle and we all feel the loss. we will miss him dearly.

    Gary, Dianne, Christopher and Allison Ives

  6. Drew is now in the greatest hand of all,,,oure lord jesus ,he need no pain,,,,its a WHOLE new life now,,,now you must be strong,we will all be together again someday.
    "I saw the lord alway's before me.
    Because he is my right hand.
    I will not be shaken.
    Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope.
    because you will not abandon me to the grave nor willyou let your see decay.
    You have made know to me the paths of life;you will fill me with joy in your presence.Amen
    ACT;CHAPTER 2 VERS 26 27 28

  7. It's your cousin, Deanna. I have been torn-up over the news of your death. You were FAR too young. You leave a legacy for your family and friends to follow. How to act, and how to be, how to treat everyone you might come in contact with.

    The world will be MUCH less bright without you. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    With much love,


  8. I knew Drew as a co-worker and friend. He had amazing energy and was always upbeat. My first experience working with Drew was when he came out from the office to support me on a very big project. I was under a lot of pressure and I needed him to take on a tedious but necessary task. I felt a little sheepish about asking him to do it because, as a recently retired, 20+ year Coast Guard officer, the task was way beneath his qualifications. He wouldn't hear of it. I checked on him 2 hours later and there he was, whistling a happy tune in the pouring, freezing rain as if he hadn't noticed how miserble the weather was. After that, we spent many hours tromping around golf courses in Washington, West Virginia, and Myrtle Beach, SC harassing each other and laughing about our pathetic golf games. I know he loved his family and loved living. Goodbye, ya big, dumb kielbasa. I'll miss you.

  9. Distressed to hear of Drews passing.
    "I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until,at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says "There! She's gone."

    Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her; and just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There! She's gone", there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "There she comes!".
    John C.