Sept. 29, 2011
Editor’s Note: The following thank you letter from the Mount family is in response to events since Williston resident Stephen Mount’s sudden passing on July 2, including a 5k run/ride that took place in his honor on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Steve will be remembered as a wonderful man, husband, father, son, brother and friend but he was truly so much more. He embraced life with passion and compassion and I see him every day through our children. We plan to keep his memory alive and hope to continue to live our lives as he would want us to. We are going to make him proud!
As you can imagine, the last few months have been extremely difficult for our family, coworkers, friends and the Williston community. His tragic and sudden death (on July 2) still doesn’t seem real and our hearts are filled with a void that will never heal completely. We take comfort in knowing that he was doing what he loved. Our time together was all too brief and so this is a lesson to all of us to enjoy every moment in life; to love deeply, forgive freely, laugh often and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Steve and I would have celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary together on Aug. 4. We were supposed to grow old together but God had other plans for him. Stephen is our hero and will always be a winner in our hearts.
I felt compelled to write this letter to thank each of you for your overwhelming support throughout the last few months. It is a testament to Stephen of all the lives he touched without even knowing it. Our family is forever grateful for your generosity and love. There are so many to thank for the hundreds of cards, beautiful singing at his funeral service and burial, endless yummy meals from the meal train, financial donations to the Mount Family Education Trust, many bouquets of beautiful flowers, delicious fruit baskets, various gift cards, moving eulogies given by his siblings, weekly lawn mowing, getting rid of a huge bee’s nest at our house, staining our front porch, fixing various things around our home and countless messages of support.
A very special thank you to our brother-in-law, Nick, for the beautiful urns he crafted with love, and to Linda Poirier and Patty Pasley for organizing the memorial fun run. We couldn’t have gotten through these last few months without all of you. We are beginning to put together the pieces to find a path of how we are going to rise stronger from this tragedy. I do not know what that path is yet, or how to get there, but with time we will find a way. Stephen loved his family, friends, work, community, the Constitution and our country.
There have been several events held in his honor and in his memory, including the Stephen Mount Memorial 5k fun run/ride on Saturday, Sept. 24 to benefit students in Williston. Despite the weather, many of our friends, family and community members came to show their support and love for Stephen, and for the countless hours he dedicated to Williston and the Williston schools — a true tribute to the life he lived and a life well-lived. It was moving to watch all the finishers cross the finish line; smiling and hopefully remembering that he was a man who was so loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. We hope that he will not be forgotten and that his great works will continue through the hands and hearts of each of us.
I wish I could respond personally to each message on Facebook, email, card and voice message but there are just too many. Please know you are each very special to us, and we are forever grateful for the outpouring of support you have shown our family.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
—Karen Mount, Brittany Mount, Jacob Mount, Ryan Mount and Samantha Ashline