Friday, July 10, 2009

A Special Tribute in Memory of Justin Todd Vest, "Yoshi", our other son...

Two days ago a young man of just 27 years old died in an unexpected motorcycle accident. All that knew and loved him called him "Yoshi", except my husband, he loved calling him Justin Todd Vest, his given name. Yoshi was, and I'm sure will continue to be in memory, my youngest son Peter's best friend. And to us, he was like one of our other sons. He called me Momma Cos and my husband Mr. C.
He leaves behind a precious 18 month old son, Preston, whom the sun rose and set on to him. This stained glass heart was a project my husband just completed...the stained red glass cross in the center of the piece reminded me of the time that my daughter made and gave him a stained glass red cross years ago. He was so excited with receiving the cross from her and the next time I seen him he had it on a long chain around his neck that he wore as a necklace. When he smiled, he lit up the room...and that's what happened the day she gave him the cross, and when I seen it on his chain, his smile lit up the room even more.
There was something about the way his eyes lit up when he saw me and he called me Momma Cos. He would hug me, smile his big smile...and that's the way I will remember him. Please say a prayer for his family and friends this weekend, this is a huge loss. May we all remember to cherish each day we live, and do our best to be the best we can be for the people we love and that love us.
Today Heaven is blessed to have Yoshi's big smile for eternity...and we will continue to remember him proudly as our son, our friend, and as our brother... We love you Yoshi!
~CC Catherine & family

25 comments:

claudie said...

OH MY DEAR CC
I'm so sorry to hear about Yoshi. I've missed you. I'm sorry this post is a sad one. I feel your pain.
I will say a prayer for all of you.
Love Always
Claudie
xoxoxoxoxo

xinex said...

I am so sorry for your dearly departed friend. He was so young and that is really sad. I will say a prayer for him and his family....Christine

Cindy Shea said...

Such a tragic story. My heart goes out to all involved and affected by what happened. It is my hope that over time your pain will turn to sweet memories of this very special young man. Thank you for posting this story as it helps us all to take stock of the blessings in our lives.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I am terribly sorry for your loss. Please know I'll be thinking and praying for your family and his over the next few days. You wrote a beautiful tribute to your son's best friend.

Linda said...

That's a lovely tribute. I am soooo sorry for you and for the family, and most of all the little boy will miss his dad. Linda

Cindy said...

Hi CC,
I am so sorry for your loss. This is a very touching tribute to this young man and I will say a prayer for his family and son. Hugs, Cindy

Chatelaine said...

Sad story. I'll keep them in my prayers. It's especilly sad when they're young and it's an unexpected death.

Sorry for your loss.

Your husband created a beautiful piece.

Karen said...

CC I'm so sorry that you and your family have lost someone precious to you. So young. Sometimes it is so hard trying to understand why the Lord chooses who He does. But one day you'll all understand.
Saying a prayer for all of you, my friend.
Big hugs. Karen

marty39 said...

Oh CC, losing such a precious and young person is so hard. I will remember his family and yours in prayer. Heaven is indeed blessed to have him. Hugs, Marty

Deb said...

This is the third death of a young person I heard of in a week's time. I am truly sorry for your loss and of his family's. There are really no words to convey.

Tammy518 said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was a special young man. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and Yoshi's other family and friends.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

CC, this was a lovely tribute to Yoshi. I'm saying prayers for all of you. laurie

Miss Janice said...

This is such a sad and tragic story! My heart goes out to Yoshi's family and your family as well!

The Stylish House said...

Dear Catherine,
I am so sorry for this terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cathy

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, precious... I'm so sorry to hear of this boy's death. My heart goes out to y'all and his family. There have been several young people who have died this summer, and I hate when I hear it. Please know I'm thinking of you...

XO,

Sheila

prof en retraite said...

Oh CC...I am sooo sorry! I know how it feels to take in your children's friends as your own. I cannot imagine the loss! Certainly our prayers will be with his family and yours. I've missed you and wondered how you are doing. I'm sending you a big hug...Debbie

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

He sounds like a really wonderful young man. And to be able to smile and give such effect on people - or just the mere presence of him inside the room is something that is a gift. A gift he so willingly share. He is blessed to have two families that love him. I hope and pray for comfort for both families. And too the wee one who has just lost a father. Reading you post and how you describe him, I hope his son will grow to be a beautiful person as well and that he will be rich of stories about his Dad.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

How tragic to lose someone so young w/ a baby himself! Will keep the family in my prayers.

SmilingSally said...

I am sorry to hear of this great loss.

Lou Cinda said...

This makes my heart so heavy to hear this. I am so sorry for your loss and will lift up his family and yours, in my prayers.

Lou Cinda

Joycee said...

My heart and prayers go out to you an Yoshi's family. How hard to face losing someone so very young.
Love, joy c.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

CC
So sorry to hear of the loss of this dear young man. Your tribute to him was touching. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and his. Hugs!

Sue said...

C.C. what a tragic story not only that he was so young but he also left behind a young baby that will never get to know his Dad....my thoughts and prayers are with your family....Sue.

michael_yin1983 said...

i'm yoshi's lil bro mike... yoshi was & will always be my older bro. i miss him so much, i known him since back in 2k and like no other. he took me in. accepted me for who i was... where i'm from, there isn't much like him around. he always put peoples problems in front of himself. a true angel from a product of his environment. i love u man... hope to see you at the crossroads. & dont trip when i get rite yoshi, i will try my best to fill your shoes! RIP YOSHI!!! pla-pla-plaza boyz! sincerely ya lil bro mike yin...

michael_yin1983 said...

i'm sorry but i just now stumbled to this posting. yoshi was a very good friend of mines. i've known him since the beginning of the new millennium. i truly miss him so much still even after the time that has gone by. thank you for this tribute for yoshi.... and to yoshi, you'll always be remembered and loved. you and sann will always be my older brothers. and i miss both of y'all so much. i guess we'll see you when we get there.... love, mike yang