Family pulls together, mourning tragic loss |

Family pulls together, mourning tragic loss

It’s been a little over two weeks since we lost Drew Reynolds in a senseless, horrible accident that is still hard to believe.

There have been so many people that have said wonderful things about Drew that make us all proud to have been a part of his life. We knew he was loved by all, but to us, his family, he was also a part of a huge puzzle that was put together by many.

You see, we have a somewhat large, blended family put together by a mom, dad, sister, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, a wonderful wife and two adoring daughters and a numerous amount of friends. There is now a piece missing out of our beautiful puzzle.

Here are just some of the family members left behind. Drew’s mom, dad, sister and new brother-in-law are unbelievable. They are strong and caring people and made Drew the person he was. His best friend and brother-in-law, Mike, showed great courage during all of our tragic loss. We are very proud of him and know he will miss his buddy terribly.

Kim, Lore’s sister, whom we have said is attached to Lore’s hip, is a blessing. They are not only sisters but best friends, so together they share in raising their children. What more can a mother ask than for her children to like as well as love one another.

Lore’s brother, Tim, and sister-in-law, Tamra, live in Arizona and just left Drew and Lore a few days before the accident and were glad to have had the time together. They have both jumped in to help with whatever needed to be done. Lore’s sister, Michelle, and John live down the street, so they will be there often to help with whatever Lore or the girls need.

Lore also has a sister, Stephanie, serving in the military stationed in Spain and she e-mails almost daily, and is also very close to Lore and the family. She has two more sisters and another brother-in-law, Jody, and Mark and Jenny who live in Sacramento, and they would also be there for them whenever needed.

Then there are the many nieces and nephews who are also each other’s best friends and will miss their Uncle Drew very much. I am so proud of the way they have stuck together for the girls during all of the sadness.

Then there is Lore, his beautiful wife, who will forever ask why. She is an extremely strong person with a mind and will of her own who blended perfectly with Drew. You always knew they loved one another very much. She’s very creative and always had Drew doing this or that to make their home unique. He never complained about the honey-do’s; he just had her add to the already lengthy list.

They often worked together on whatever they were doing, but no matter what, the girls came first. They were both wonderful parents, and I’m sure that Drew is not concerned about Baylee and Blake because they have Lore as their mother. She is the kind of mother every kid on the block would want.

Baylee and Blake are your typical children that want this or that, and sometimes you need to ask more than once to get something done, but they are also very exceptional. They come from strong family ties and loved their father more than anything, and they love their mother just as much. They are beautiful, sensitive, caring girls and will forever have an empty spot in their hearts. I know in time the hurt will ease, especially with the love and care from our family.

I also want to say how extremely proud I am of Lore and Drew, Baylee and Blake, for their choice in friends. It is a true reflection on them, for their friends have been exceptional and I am so grateful for having been able to meet so many that have come through and helped in so many ways.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all you did and continue to do for Lore and the girls. I feel honored and very proud to be a part of this puzzle we call family, for they are all wonderful people. We will never be able to replace the piece of the puzzle that is now missing, but Drew you will forever be in our hearts.

Keep smiling, Drew, and we’ll all try to make you proud.

Mary Piccarelli is Lore Reynolds’ mother, and mother-in-law of Drew Reynolds, who was killed when his UPS delivery truck was hit head-on Jan. 6.

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