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Monday, August 25, 2014

A Boy and a Man — Over Forty Years of Lasting Friendship

I have been lucky enough to know Omer Jerry Foisy for over forty years, and for that I would like to thank the Big Brothers organization.

Jerry and I have had many adventures over the years that I would not have experienced without him in my life. Over time, our families have intertwined to the point where my mother always considered Jerry her fifth child and his family was our family. We have shared births, deaths, first communions, graduations, marriages, and milestone anniversaries, among many other events in both of our lives. I have such respect and admiration for Jerry that I chose him to be the godfather of my son, Steve.

From the beginning, Jerry has always shown me the importance of faith, friendship, and family and the value of volunteering, all of which are very important to me today.

If I had not met Jerry Foisy, I don’t know how my life would be different, but I know it is better as a result of him always being there for me. We can go long periods of time without talking or seeing one another, but when we get together, it’s like we have never been apart.

I didn’t have a choice when Jerry showed up on our doorstep in 1969, but I know there was no better Big Brother for me.

Although I have never said it out loud, Jerry, I want to say I love you, and I thank you for being such a positive influence in my life.

by Jim Clendenning

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