Wading Barefoot

Rediscovering my barefoot-self

On The Passing Of A Friend

Since December 19th 2011 a friend of mine has been missing. He was in a bad place emotionally and we worried he was suicidal. His roommates found his door left open and all of his belongings, including his bank cards, keys to his truck and the title left out on a table. News of it barely made the 4am early show.

“…Man missing presumed suicidal. Call 911 if you have info.”

It included an old mug shot that made him look positively insane. Sadly, after being missing for sixty-five days, his body was found yesterday morning in Vancouver, WA, in a vacant lot. I have no further details about how he died, just that he was positively identified.
We knew Keith and loved him through many troubled times. We adored the person he was and in spite of his addictions and pain, he was a kind and generous soul with a sharp wit and huge heart. We also know how he loved us, all of us: his friends ~ brothers and sisters ~ his PACT. I am sad that we couldn’t reach him during those last dark days. I hope that wherever his soul may be that he has found peace.

In loving memory of Keith Fitzgerald …to be continued.

Keith Fitzgerald

© Kathleen Ryan-McCullough, 2012

February 22, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,


  1. This makes my heart sad. There’s just no other way to put it.
    However, Im happy you posted a good picture of him, unlike the news did. He had quite the contagious smile, didn’t he?

    Comment by Victoria | February 22, 2012 | Reply

    • You’re so right Victoria, there is no other way to say it, our hearts hurt! His smile was just one of the things that made him special. He was the kind of friend that would drop everything to help you. He was always the first person with a joke or a kind word & somehow you knew he was genuine. When Ansur had his surgery, Keith showed up and mowed his lawn, planted trees and weeded all his gardens for him. Friendship meant the world to Keith and he was a wonderful friend in return.
      Thank you for your help with the search. Despite the sad ending it was a blessing to have as much help as we did. Also, thank your ‘Grimm’ friend for us. …One more thing: never doubt how much you are loved, for God set your feet upon this earth to walk in the light of His love…

      Comment by wadingbarefoot | February 23, 2012 | Reply

  2. I just want to say thank you for posting this. I have been periodically looking online since he went missing, and it was just so great to find these kind words amongst all the other emotionless/heartless news reports.

    Also, if you have any other pictures, I would love to get them if possible. I’ve been going through all of our family photos, but unfortunately I just can’t find that many of him.

    Comment by Justin | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Justin,
      You’re welcome, we miss him so much. If your able to find any more information, please feel free to let me know. I will do the same.

      Comment by wadingbarefoot | February 23, 2012 | Reply

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