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WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? This isn't a religious rant. It's a tribute to a great friend.

Larry Schwartz and David Thornbury, founder of BOARD BOOTIE - protection for a snowboard.

To wit, I am not a particularly religious sort, much to the chagrin of my mother who is one of the most devout Catholics on the planet. I guess that apple fell pretty far from the tree. Don’t get me wrong, I was raised Catholic and went to 12 years of Catholic school. I was even an Altar Boy in grade school. And, I do attend church many times a year but I haven’t been committed to going to church every week. (I won’t get into the reasons why because this would then become that religious rant that I promised it wouldn’t be.) But I do believe in being a good Christian. I suspect that everyone has his/her own opinion about what that means and I’m going to share mine on the subject.

You’ve likely seen people wearing a rubber bracelet that sports WWJD (What would Jesus do?). Whenever I saw someone sporting a WWJD bracelet I thought it somewhat Holy Roller-ish … until recently. I have newfound respect for the notion. I now don’t believe that it is someone pushing religion, or Jesus, on me. To me it has come to mean “Do the right thing.” Something we all should be doing more of.

How did I arrive at this thinking? It happened recently when we lost a very dear friend named Larry Schwartz. I noticed someone post at the bottom of one of our group e-mails, LLL (Live Like Larry). It got me to thinking about what that meant. In simple terms, it means do whatever is right because that was the essence of how Larry lived his life.

Larry was the kind of guy who everyone, and I mean everyone, loved. He never talked unkindly about anyone and never had a negative thing to say. Whatever his circumstances, and he was dealt some real challenges, he always saw the bright side. A conversation with him invariable was about you because he genuinely cared about how things were going in your world. He was a pillar of the Main Line community. When a guy has a few thousand people turn up to pay their last respects for him, you can say that he truly was a pillar of the community. He was the bedrock of his family, a loyal husband, supportive father, an amazing son, an awesome brother, and an unbelievable friend. Sounds like the guy walked on water right? Perhaps he may have but he would never have let anyone see him do so because it was never about him.

In paying tribute to Larry in an unforgettable tribute among Larry’s #UltimateFrisbee brethren, I uttered the words, “We need more Larrys in our lives.” Meaning, we need more selfless people who always do the right thing. I think that’s what Jesus intended. Larry obviously got it.

We miss you Lar but we will keep your memory alive by remembering to Live Like Larry. Peace my brother.

Safe and happy riding. #Snowboarding. #BoardBootie. #SomeThingsJustShouldntBeNaked. #BoardBootieBuck.

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