Martin Connors
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Posted on June 11, 2013 at 7:37pm 3 Comments

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and I must say, I am not looking forward to it. It’s because I am a grieving dad. Just writing those horrific words causes me to pause and think about how difficult this journey has been and will continue to be for some time. I lost my son, Timothy in 2011 and have spent the past two trying to survive this loss. As much as a try, I cannot make sense of my son's death.

You see, most people think that bereaved parents shouldpick themselves up, dust… Continue

The Jacket

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

I have Tim’s school bag. The strap is torn from the impact and heavy from his school books.  I don’t know exactly what happened to his jacket that he was wearing.  It was my jacket which was my platoon jacket from when I was in the Police Academy – my name and class number and platoon designation of “A”.  Over the years it became a ratty thing that Tim took to wearin…


A Sink Full of Dishes and Planning a Funeral

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:39pm 0 Comments

When I got home that evening, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, about 7:30 PM, I found people assembled at my home.  There were representatives from the Fraternal Order of Police, folks I had worked with and folks that I knew by reputation, and few co-workers.  The FOP set up a table of food, treats, and beverages in the living room.  Tasha, Jun’s wife, went to-and-fro picking after the kids and playing with my daughters.  Condolences were offered with hugs, hand-shakes, man-hugs where the arms are…


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At 12:03am on March 7, 2013, David, BERNIE's dad said…

I know it hurts, Martin, and I feel and share your loss.


At 8:50am on December 21, 2012, Janet - Todd's Mom said…

Thank you, Martin!  Your son Timmy reminds me of my son Todd in so many ways.  Todd was older, but so innocent, kind and young for his age.  Your writings about Timmy have helped me because I'm going through so much right now with my mother's care that i haven't had time, or energy, to write about my son, who was a joy to my husband and me, the light of my life because of his wonderful sense of humor.  Not once in his 38 years of life did he ever make me feel bad, and I can't say that about anyone else I know.  Sadly, I didn't appreciate this fact - I just thought he was a wonderful son and friend, more so every day as he got older.  Then, suddenly, he was gone.  The pain is excruciating and many days I don't think I can go on, but that wouldn't be fair to my husband and daughter, not to mention the people and animals I'm helping in Todd's name and memory. 

I too am grateful for all the wonderful memories of my son, and the fun our family had because of his joyful, curious and kind spirit, and the excitement he had over anything good, especially advances in technology, and little things, like the fresh bread his co-worker would bring to the office to share with everyone, enough for Todd to bring some home for us. He loved all animals, especially cats, and had respect for every living thing.   

Thank you for writing about your son Timmy.  He reminds me so much of Todd that it's very helpful for me as well. I hope you and your family enjoy a peaceful holiday season, as much as is possible.

Janet - Todd's Mom and friend  

At 11:46pm on October 15, 2012, David, BERNIE's dad said…

Powerful writing, Martin. Very professional, Tattoos and Memories.


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