Rest in peace, Nancy…

29 08 2011

It’s been a very difficult time for me the last few days.

One of the reasons for this is what happened late last week. A house here in Brantford was levelled in a major explosion last Thursday. That, in itself, was bad enough here, but I found out that night that the house belonged to a work friend of mine, and that my friend was missing.

The next day, they found a body in the basement of the house. Although the media and police were very careful not to officially say who it was, there could be no doubt in our minds. It was Nancy Grasso. Who else could it be?

Even though the official announcement was not yet made, Nancy’s husband and daughter were told that they had found Nancy’s body.

A memorial group has been set up on Facebook so we can share our memories of a great person. At the moment, there are 127 members of that group – a testament to how well-loved Nancy was.

I first got to know Nancy several years ago, when she was still a crew member. She ran the kitchen overnight at the McDonald’s we both worked at, and for a few months, I handled the overnight maintenance duties. Nancy, very often, picked me up from my home to take me to work. She was a great person to work with. Though I moved back to days a few months later, I really enjoyed the time I spent working with Nancy.

When I lost the use of my legs back in 2006, I’d lost touch with most of the folks at the restaurant, including Nancy. About a month ago, I’d made a visit to the old store, for a bite to eat and to say hello to folks I knew there. Nancy had since moved up to management, and she was on duty that afternoon. It was great to see her again after a number of years.

Little did I know that it would be the last time I would see her.

Nancy, my dear friend: I’m sorry we weren’t able to get back in touch sooner. It was great to see you again last month. I wish we had more time to reconnect. I’m thinking of you…




2 responses

29 08 2011
Rose Burthom

I saw Nancy for the 1st time in a few years 3 weeks ago in Value Village in the shoe department. We had a nice long talk. It was really nice to see her again. She was a very sweet person that went out of her way to help me when I used to do the opening shift at McDonald’s. If only I knew it would be the last time i saw her I would have gave her a hug.

2 09 2011

I’m sorry for your loss Jim.
My condolences to her friends and family.

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