Goodbye, Old Friend By Paul Wein Who is your best friend? Who is the person



Goodbye, Old Friend

By Paul Wein

Who is your best friend? Who is the person you have come to know so well after forging a friendship that is years old and filled with great memories, good times – and unconditional trust and love? Who have you grown so close to, that you refer to them as your brother or sister instead of just a friend because your friendship grew that strong? – And how would you feel if you lost that person? As I sit here with tears in my eyes, I found out a few hours ago that that is exactly what just happened to me.

My friend, my best friend – my brother Bradd, a person who I have known for thirteen years of my life, passed away this morning of cancer – he was only 32 years old.

Right now, my hands are shaking, I can’t stop crying and I don’t know how I will be able to continue living my life without Bradd in it. From my commentating partner to my punning buddy – to my brother – Bradd was always there and always a part of my life – and now – he’s gone.

Besides the fact that I am absolutely overcome with sadness – I am also angry. I am angry at this terrible God forsaken disease for taking away my best friend. I am furious that cancer shortened the life of someone who had so much ahead of him – and I am mad at myself because there was nothing I could do but watch him die.

I know that he is no longer suffering and he is in a much better place – but that doesn’t take away from the fact that for the rest of my life, whenever the phone rings – it will never be Bradd. Whenever I sit down to commentate a wrestling show – the seat next to me will be empty. Whenever I want to throw a party – I can’t invite Bradd. And when I want to tell him that I love him and miss him – he’ll never hear me.

I have so many regrets right now as I sit here and try to come to grips with the fact that Bradd is gone. I regret that he and I didn’t spend more time together. I regret that he wasn’t there when Ring Fever started and won’t be there when it continues – and I regret that I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him in person.

Besides how tough this is on me – everyone else that knew Bradd is equally as upset. Bradd touched so many lives just by being the lighthearted, jokingly sarcastic, outgoing man he was – and believe me when I tell you that everyone that Bradd has ever made laugh in his much too short life is shedding a tear for him today.

To his family, I give my love and my condolences. Bradd was my family too, and I want him back as badly you do, but together, we can remember who he was and what he gave to all of us.

To his friends, the Ring Fever Crew, and those who watched him on Ring Fever, thank you for your much needed support through this painful time. Bradd loved to be involved in wrestling – but more importantly – he loved each and every one of you and wanted nothing more then to be involved in his favorite sport.

And to Bradd, all I can say is that I miss you so much that even hearing your name brings me to tears. There will not be one day that goes by in my life that I won’t think about you and wish you were here with me. You will always be my brother and no one will ever be able to bring me the joy, the laughter and the fun that you did. I would give absolutely anything to bring you back, but I know that I can’t. All I can do is thank God for the thirteen years that we were friends, and ask Him to make sure that you are well taken care of where you are. I will never forget you and I will always love you – always.

Goodbye old friend.

“It must have been cold there in my shadow
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine.
You always walked one step behind.

I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength,
A beautiful face without a name,
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
and everything I would like to be.
I can fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed
but I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth
I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
your everything I wish I could be.
I can fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, so high against the sky,
so high I almost touched the sky.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank God for you,
The wind beneath my wings.”

Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar – Wind Beneath My Wings



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