A Letter of Appreciation
A letter of appreciation from the Grant Family
(The following letter was published on page 10 of the Belmont Citizen Herald, July 5,
To all whom Brendan Peter Anthony Grant has touched . . .
Wednesday, 27 June 2001 started like any other day for our family, but as you all know,
later that evening it ended with the sudden passing of our beloved son and brother,
Our grief over this loss has been immeasurable. Our sorrow seems to have no limits.
Yet, at the same time we have been witness to something unbelievably beautiful, something
that Im not sure any of us fully understands. What I am referring to is the
incredible outpouring of sympathy and support from all who have somehow been touched by
Brendans 18 wonderful years.
The sole purpose of our letter herein is to offer to each and every one of you our deepest
and most sincere appreciation for your magnificent support. It is clear that as we write
this letter, that so many of us are having trouble grasping the magnitude of our
collective loss. Clearly this was a family tragedy, but we soon realized it was a
community tragedy, and in fact, reaches far beyond our community.
The outpouring of support seems to have no end, and we will likely never be able to thank
everyone enough. We are thankful to so, so many people.
We thank the players, coaches and parents of Belmont Youth Baseball, and most especially
the young men of the two Senior Babe Ruth Teams who were the innocent participants that
evening in a game that we all love. We thank the Belmont Police Department, the Belmont
Fire Department, the Paramedics, and the Police Departments of Cambridge and other
jurisdictions, not only for their heroic and supportive efforts that evening, but also for
their truly noble assistance as we subsequently proceeded to celebrate Brendans
life. We thank Dr. Mark Sagarin and all of the Emergency Room staff at Mt. Auburn Hospital
on duty that evening, for both their valiant professional efforts and for their incredibly
touching expression of sympathy in the days that followed.
We thank the incalculable support of Father Bouton of St. Lukes parish, and the
bountiful expression of love from the entire St. Lukes and St. Joseph parishes,
bolstered by the support of the Archdiocese of Boston. We thank the gentle and highly
professional staff of Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels, for their flawless
implementation of our collective celebration of Brendans life. We thank the
professionalism of the media for their extreme sensitivity as this story unfolded. We
thank the caring nature and assistance of Foster Wright and the staff of Belmont High
School, along with the valuable healing support of Dr. Arnie Kerzner.
We thank Brendans very closest friends, whom have always been part of our
extended family, and with whom we are now working so closely on the rebuilding process. We
thank the many, many relatives, friends and colleagues, some of whom came great distances
to express their heartfelt sympathy. We thank the numerous people whose friendship is new
to us, and yet whose lives have been deeply touched by Brendans magnanimous nature,
ranging from distant participants in the Middlesex League Baseball and Northeast-10
college baseball, to the Kennedy family, expressed by Senator Kennedy himself, to the
people who have told us that they have no commonality with our family, community, or other
aspects of the event, except that they have been so profoundly touched.
We will all miss Brendan. He was truly an exceptional human being. We have lost a
wonderful young man whose dreams and good nature has been an inspiration to all who knew
him, and to many who didnt. On behalf of the entire Grant Family, we extend our most
profound appreciation for the tremendous sympathy that has been expressed. Thank you,
thank you, thank you.
Casey, Cathy, Lyndsey, and Shannon Grant