11 thoughts on “Beacons of Love and Light

  1. Jim Fiola

    Thank you for taking the time to write and create this awesome tribute to Jay. It is so heartwarming to me that so many felt the same way about Jay that I do. He will be with me every day as I move on.

    Be well,



    1. Jim… thank you for saying that. He was a special man who will be forever in our hearts. We will miss him terribly…My thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend.

      All my best,


  2. Alison La Ferlita

    Thank you for sharing, Lauren. Your tribute painted the perfect portrait of the very intricacies of Jay’s beautiful soul. I’m not one to be at a loss for words, but I truly could not string together the words you so eloquently did.

    There are many special people in our world and then there are the Spitzs of the world – beyond special. His loss has the entire community in a huge state of grief.

    We spent many hours at soccer practice and games together over the years. One afternoon, we stood by the chain link fence and peered through the holes as we watched the kids play.
    He turned to me and said, “You see this? This is the absolute joy of my life – watching my children play.” I was so touched by that sentiment, it is what I will always remember about him. He so deeply loved Rachel and the kids and was never timid about expressing his appreciation for them.

    When you write about his cheering Harper with, “Way to go Harp,” I cried. I heard him say those very words so many times if the years, I could hear his voice saying it, as I read your words. How I will miss spending those days with him, cheering the kids on, sharing in our kids’ beautiful team spirit, comebacks and victories together. It just won’t be the same without his spirit in that space.

    Thanks again for your beautiful tribute.


      1. Gail Davis

        Lauren, this is so beautifully written and so heartfelt. This made me cry. He will be truly missed by so many.


      2. Denise Isola

        Thank you Lauren. You captured Jays personality beautifully. I needed yet ANOTHER good cry over this loss. Thank you again for sharing. And oh, take a break Lauren. Take one for Jay ❤️💔


  3. Janine O’Connor

    Lauren, this is absolutely beautiful and captures the essence of Jay perfectly. Thank you for sharing it!


  4. Jim Ingoglia

    Thank you for sharing this, Lauren. It is a fitting tribute to Jay and reflects well both on him and you.
    -Jim Ingoglia


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