Tuesday, 27 February 2018

In Loving Memory

Today I heard the heartbreaking news that an amazing man and wonderful friend; Brian, tragically passed away over the weekend. He was a moderator, broadcast engineer, mentor, and an amazing friend. He touched the lives of everyone who met him and made the Twitch Moderation team what it is today. I met Brian aka Izl through Jordan and admittedly, I wasn't as close to him as Jordan was and I didn't get to know him as well as I would've liked. Something I'll always regret now. But from the times we did speak, he always made me feel like a true friend. He spoke to everyone as if he'd been friends with them half his life. To me it did feel like I'd know him half my life and in reality, I'd only known him for 2 years. He did so much for other people and was always to help in anyway he could. To quote Jordan;

I can't even put into words the effect Brian has had on us. He was a true champion who made the lives of many that he graced a better one.

I've been crying off and on since I heard the news and like Jordan, I still don't know how to process it. Even when things got tough, he remained optimistic and faced every challenge head on. He never gave up on anything. The knowledge that he is gone is truly heart breaking. I still don't want to believe it. I didn't know how to deal with this grief so I'm channeling it all into writing.

Brian....Izl fo shizzle, I'm sorry I didn't get to know you better. I'm sorry we didn't talk that much. But I loved the chats we did have, however brief they may have been. I'm grateful of how welcome you made me feel and appreciate all the nice things you said to me when Jordan and I first started dating. You told me that you were really happy to see how happy Jordan was since we'd started dating and I promised you that I would do everything I could to keep him happy for the rest of my life. And I'm going to keep that promise to you buddy. You will never be far from our hearts and we will always miss you and treasure the time we had with you. I only wish we could've met so I could give you a massive bear hug. Maybe in another life I'll get that chance but for now, my friend, rest peacefully. Know that you were loved, looked up to and cared about by many.

Rest in peace Brian. Team No Pants forever!

Alli xo

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