More than Zero

By Timothy J. Reid '75

The message on the envelope was stark but clear. “Return to sender: Deceased.” There had been no warnings, no rumors or calls from mutual friends, nor any reason to expect it. We had spoken just a month or two before, but I knew the notation was not an error. With a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, I said a short “Hail Mary” for my friend, and called his parish in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, for confirmation. Yes, they said, it was true: Jim Brennan had died on Sunday, October 27, 2002.…

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