May 28, 1988 - November 18, 2017
Saturday, January 20, 2018 1:54 PM
Dear loving family & friends of Evan,
I’m very sorry for the tragic loss of your beloved son Evan. Although I don’t know you, and I didn’t know your dear son & brother & Uncle, nephew, cousin & friend Evan, I want to offer my deepest sympathy for you and your family in your painful loss.
In the hope that you will find some added comfort in what brings me comfort; I hope to share with you what continues to bring me comfort in the losses of my beloved Mom and Dad and my beloved youngest brother who all died within the past almost 3 1/2 years. My brother was only 51 and died suddenly and very unexpectedly a little over 1 1/2 years ago.
I think about the fact that they aren’t suffering in any way, and that means a lot to me! And I look forward to seeing and being with them again when they’re resurrected back to life here on an earth restored to Paradise conditions! I hope to be here then to welcome them each back to life with a close and loving hug!
Acts 24:15 promises “that there is going to be a resurrection.” Ecclesiastes 9:11b explains why many die; that “time and unexpected events (Or, “unforeseen occurrence”) that overtake them all.”
Our loving God doesn’t cause sad things to happen to our loved ones, as James 1:13 helps us to understand. There it reads, ‘When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.’”
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speak of God as “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” And Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the intense sadness that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.
Revelation 21:4 tells of the wonderful time when no one will ever die again; and then no more mourning or sadness, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell of the hope for many upon their resurrection, to be welcomed back to life by their loved ones and then to live here on the earth when it’s restored to Paradise conditions! Then no wicked, the meek will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace to live forever upon the earth! To live the way our Creator meant for us to live, then even the animals will be peaceful and safe as Isaiah 11:6-9 says. No more sickness of any kind as Isaiah 33:24 says, ‘No resident will say: “I am sick.’” Then no more tragedies to separate loving family from each other!
I hope that you will find comfort in your memories, perhaps by looking at pictures. And I hope that these and other verses will help you too. Romans 15:4 say, "For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope."
Please go to www.jw.org for more comfort.
Cindy Boyer (Mohnton, PA)
Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:48 PM
The best memories I have with Evan and everyone at the lake is the summer days and nights. I loved having a group to create beautiful memories with and I will always cherish our times together. The best was playing games such as red rover and catch the flag. He was the fast one!
Shauna Judd (Reiss) (Canton/Woodstock, CT)
Monday, December 04, 2017 1:37 PM
Sorry for your loss. RIP, Evan.
John Smith (Cary, NJ)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:46 AM
I was friends with Evan through high school and grew up in Woodstock also, i remember how funny he was, he was the life of the party and always talked about traveling. i am glad he did get to enjoy some of the wonderful things in life. The last time i talked to evan he was bragging about his two nephews who he obviously loved very muvh...:) he will be missed, my condolences to the family.
Taylor Merrow (everett, MA)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:53 PM
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Evan O’Shaughnessy.words cannot express or erase the pain of loosing your loved one.( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 speaks of God as “ The God of all comfort who comforts us in all our trials,” He promises that the grief that we experience now will be gone forever, it will not be called to mind,nor will they come up into the heart.” ( Isaiah 65:17) This means sickness,suffering,pain ,death will be gone forever ( Revelation 21:3,4) How thrilled we all will be when we all gain grand promise to live forever in a paradise earth. May you all find comfort in the precious memories of your dearly beloved Evan and know that one day soon we all will see the ones we loss in death again.
L M (West Hempstead, NY)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:13 PM
There are so many memories of Evan, its hard to narrow it down to a favorite. I guess the one that is most vivid in my mind is from many, many years ago. Evan was around 5 or 6 years old, our families went together on a ski vacation to New Hampshire. I had never seen Evan ski before. Well, let's just say that I aged 10 years that weekend, watching this little spitfire ski without poles, seeking every mogul he could find and attacking it with gusto. He would crouch and swing his arms, just trying to squeeze every bit of adventure that he could out of every run. He lived his life in later years in the same way. I will miss him dearly but I know that Evan's spirit lives on with the same exuberance . God Bless Evan, have fun my friend!