1 Minute Video of Jerry Sailor Encouraging Others to Show the World Their Talent
On Monday, May 12, 2014, my best friend of more than 40 years, Jerry Kent Sailor, lost his life in a traffic accident. But this post is not to lament his passing, it is to celebrate the many ways he shared his fire with others, especially his fellow students in the theatre department at Indiana University in South Bend, Indiana. Jerry returned to college in his late 50s to follow a dream he started in his teenage years – to become a professional in the theatre.
At first the grief of losing my best friend and the fact that he was close to graduating with his college degree weighed heavily upon me. But when I saw the Facebook posts from his fellow students and faculty, it was clear that Jerry, like George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” affected many people in his life in the short four years he attended school. More than 50 people attended his funeral service on a cold rainy afternoon and half of them were students who shared their stories about Jerry, both humorous and tearful. But they all reflected his positive spirit and his hopeful look at life. And all of them talked about what a great influence he was on their lives. No matter how bad things were, Jerry always found the bright side, and he passed that spirit on to many others. God Bless you Jerry Sailor for unselfishly sharing your fire with others and creating a ripple effect of positive vibrations that will reverberate in the lives of those who loved you for many years.