In the strictest form of the definition, a family is a group of people that are closely related. But when you expand that term, it can mean many things. When you spend time with people, you also begin to call it a family. Here in our Fansided network, we also refer to ourselves as a family at times. Any time a new blogger comes on board, we all get an email from Frank Rekas, the NHL director and lead blogger over at The Rat Trick. Usually a string of funny responses follows, with many people helping the newbie feel comfortable. At some point in those responses, someone will say “Welcome to the family.”
A lot of the bloggers will e-mail each other to talk smack, discuss idea’s, or just talk about anything. The person I spoke most often with was Susan Lee, lead blogger for Ducks Daily Blog. I hadn’t heard from her in a bit, and some e-mails and texts went without reply. Today I heard the disheartening news that she had health issues, and yesterday she had passed away.
If you’re on this site, it’s pretty much because you’re a Flyers fan. You most likely have never visited Sue’s blog. That’s a shame, because she had a really bright personality. She hated dirty play, loved the Ducks, hated the Devils, Red Wings, Sharks and Canucks. She didn’t write anything just to write. She wasn’t a reporter, and never pretended to be. She was a fan, through and through. Her posts were always 100% original, 100% creative, and 100% genuine. I never had a dull conversation with Sue. We debated hockey issues, made fun of players, and made fun of each other.
I don’t really know what else to say to make anyone that didn’t know her understand. I offer my condolences to her boyfriend, Michael, and the rest of her friends and family. I cannot imagine what they must be going through. Coping with death is never an easy thing. Especially when the deceased is so young and has so much more life left in them. RIP Sue.