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The Class of 2018 lost one of its invaluable members on April 7th, 2017.  Tyler’s love of a being a Hurricane was infectious to those around him, and his lasting impact will live on with his friends and family, along with the Marian Central community.  Class of 2018, we would like to present to you some favorite memories with Tyler Gardner. 

Tyler Gardner, you will forever be in our hearts, and you will forever be a Hurricane.

 

Introduction by John Blais:

Almost four years ago, Tyler Gardner and I designed and ordered a batch of rubber bracelets for a small group of friends we had developed during our freshman year. Three years later, these wristbands were recreated in memory of Tyler. Now, So many students of Marian wear their bracelet as a symbol of unity and because of the impact Tyler had on them. So many mourn the loss of Tyler Gardner. However, I believe we should celebrate the life Tyler lived and the impact he had on so many of our lives. And so, to celebrate him, I asked a few of my fellow seniors to tell about a memory spent with Tyler.

“My own favorite memory with Ty took place during the summer after my sophomore year. I was invited to join Tyler and his family on a trip to Florida. At this point, Tyler and I were already very close friends and had been since freshman year. However, this trip provided me with the opportunity to get to know him better. At one point during the trip, Tyler and I left the house we were staying at to go to Dunkin Donuts. It was late at night, and because neither of us could drive yet, we had to walk almost two miles to get there. After this long journey, we returned with a dozen donuts. Tyler and I stayed up all night eating donuts while playing Luigi’s Mansion on his computer.” -John Blais

“In the brief time I knew Tyler, my life was filled with memories that I will cherish forever. One memory that comes to mind is from our freshman year. Tyler, John, Zach, Gavin, and I all went to Six Flags on a damp, cold day in June. I personally am not a fan of roller coasters, so being at Six Flags was not my cup of tea. However, going out with the boys that day made me realize how awesome Tyler and the rest of my friends really were. I had a blast, holding the bags of everyone else while they went on the rides. Spending the whole day with Tyler and the guys gave me a sense of acceptance and true friendship.” -Kevin Santopadre

“I remember the day I first met Tyler. It was third-period Theology on the first day of freshman year with Mrs. Jelinek. She was asking all of us about unique interests that we had, and when she called on Tyler, he said that he made music. Being a freshman, I wanted to make new friends, so when Tyler said this, I was intrigued since I made music too. After the period ended, I walked up to Tyler and introduced myself. After this experience, we became good friends, and I ended up hanging out with him a lot freshman and sophomore year before he passed. He was the first new friend I made at Marian and that’s something I’ll never forget.” -Zach Taylor

“For anybody who doesn’t know, Tyler was a creator of the infamous “Damn it, Tori.” He was the one who ordered bracelets and created a group chat including everyone and anyone, bringing us all together. This, along with so many other memories impacted my life and made everything more enjoyable. For the time that I spent with Tyler I feel like we created a friendship that would be strong, no matter what happened. I wear my bracelet with pride knowing that I was lucky enough to call Tyler Gardner my friend.” -Tori DiSilvio

“My favorite memory of Tyler Gardner is a story that became a staple in our friend group. I was over at his house and had accidentally left my phone in his bathroom. I had realized this when we were hanging in his basement, so I went upstairs to get it back. At the top of the stairs waiting for me was his mother, who looked at my phone as asked simply “Is this yours?” This question was indescribably funny to me at the time, and I told Tyler when I got downstairs, who laughed even harder than I did. All next week at school, that was the only thing Ty would talk about, and we turned it into ‘The Story’, one that we would drag on and on, usually never get to the ending. John Blais would tell it and think of a ton of ways to restart, and thus the story, along with the joke, was born.” -John Cieslak

“My favorite memory of Tyler was one of the last times I saw him. He had pretty much been stuck in bed for weeks without many people coming to visit, so a few friends and I went to keep him company. Due to his neck pain he couldn’t sit up or move around too much, but we had a great time anyway. He showed us the TV shows and games he’d been occupying his time with, and we were able to have fun as if he was still in school with us every day.” -Ben Polster

“My favorite memory of Ty may not be what most people would consider a great and happy moment, but it’s something that will forever have an impact on my life. The day I visited Ty in the hospital and the last time I’d see him will hang with me forever. I walked in with a few friends and saw him laying down in his bed. A few of us had already gotten there, so he was already cracking jokes and smiling. Throughout the visit there was never a frown or tear on anyone’s face, just happiness. Ty brought a radiant joy to the room that was too bright to ever be overshadowed. As he lay in his bed nearly immobile, he somehow found a way to bring everyone around him happiness despite his situation. I only got to stay for an hour and a half, but that time was spent laughing and reminiscing about our past and what great times we had. He stayed positive in his darkest hour and right up until his last. That’s something that still blows me away to this day and gives me strength. The world would be a better place if more people saw it like Ty.” -Tyler Saxelby

“We were all going to watch the movie “Keanu”, but since none of us were at the required age limit, we messed around in the square for a while. Ty gave us the idea to go to Jewel, and we were there for a couple hours just messing around; that’s when the “USED SOFA” game was born.” -Keanu Salvador

 

 

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