It is with great sadness that the parents of Jonathan Ryan Peter Dudeck announce his passing on October 19, 2017 at the age of 27 years. Jon was the victim of random violence resulting in his untimely passing. He was also struggling courageously with substance addiction which may have contributed to being in harm’s way. His departure from this world however will never erase his legacy as a force for good and a positive difference-maker to others. Jon would not have wanted the disease of addiction or the way he passed on to define his life. The majority of Jon’s time on Earth was filled with laughter, learning, wonderful relationships with friends and family and spiritual meaning. His deep faith guided him, and even in the toughest times, Jon never lost hope and neither did his family and friends. Jon continued to battle the disease of addiction one day at a time, mostly successfully. Jon graduated from St. Nicholas School in Los Altos in 2004. He also attended St. Francis High School in Los Altos and graduated from Williston Northampton High School in Easthampton, Massachusetts. In addition to excelling academically at Williston, Jon became New England Champion in the discus event, shattering a 26-year-old school record and leading to a national ranking as a high school athlete. He was recruited by numerous Division I universities as a result of his proficiency in Track and Field. Jon chose to attend the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he enjoyed being a student athlete, building lifelong friendships and doing well in school. He graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Human and Organizational Development and Sports Management. After graduation, Jon earned the two top national certifications in Personal Training and worked to develop his craft and client list at several Bay Area fitness centers. He then moved to Austin, Texas in 2015 and worked as a top-ranked Sales professional for technology and retail companies. When describing Jon, his many friends and relatives always emphasize his big heart. His smile lit up a room and his charisma and genuine warmth were magnets for building trust with others. Despite his 6’3″ athletic frame, Jon was a gentle soul. He made friends easily and was deeply committed to helping others. Animals flocked to him as they knew intuitively that he was their friend. Jon loved to work out, setting and achieving many personal fitness goals. Even as a child, he was disciplined and persistent until he achieved the goals he set. For instance, he taught himself how to play the guitar to an advanced level, juggle five balls at once and master leading-edge nutrition and athletic training. Jon also enjoyed writing and performing music and lyrics. Even though he knew his singing voice was not great, he had no qualms belting out his original songs for the pure joy of it, his love for music and life radiating throughout his performances. We miss Jon every single second of every day… being enveloped in his big bear hugs, laughing with him, being delighted by a thoughtful note or message. This principle-centered, kind young man will also be missed by his many friends and relatives. Rest in Heaven Jonathan. Jon is survived by his parents, John and Diane Dudeck, of Los Altos and by his aunts, uncle and cousins in the Midwest.
David Brennan Callahan, age 36, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Easthampton, Aug. 29, 2017. David was the son of James J. Callahan of North Falmouth, and Susan Long Callahan who pre-deceased him in 2008.
David was born in Amman, Jordan, and grew up in various countries where his father was assigned by the Department of State. He attended the Williston Northampton School in Northampton and the Hoosac School in Hoosick, New York, before completing an associates segree at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke. David loved working at the Green Street Café and the Spoleto Restaurant in Northampton.
In addition to his father, he leaves behind his brother Kevin Callahan, wife Maggie and their children, Vivienne and Kevin Jr of Austin, Texas; and his sister, Robyn Weadock, her husband, Tom and their two children, Anna and Kelsi of Canton; his aunt and uncle, Beth and Kevin Hines of North Falmouth; his uncle Frank Long and his wife, Monica, of St. Augustine, Florida; and his aunt Kayte Long and her partner, Mona of Atlanta, Georgia. He is also survived by a large number of Callahan and Long cousins.
David was a kind and loving son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin who loved western Mass., its outdoor life and his many friends and family around the world will miss his wonderful sense of humor.
Craig was one of those rare and remarkable people that enriched the lives of every one he touched. He brought love, smiles and happiness to people he met all over the world as he lived his life to the fullest with a thirst for adventure and travel.
Craig was born June 21, 1988, in Springfield, Massachusetts and grew up in Massachusetts and Maine. He graduated high school from Williston Northampton School in 2007. He then went on to permanently relocate to Florida, first for college at the University of Tampa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship, and then graduate school in Miami where he earned a master’s degree in Hospitality Management at the Florida International University. Tampa and Miami were his homes ever since and where he has more friends than anyone could even begin to count. He seemed to know everyone everywhere, and everyone loved him.
Craig was a lover of all animals, especially horses and kitties. He was a kind and gentle soul that animals could sense and felt very comfortable around him. He was so proud of his recently acquired horse, named Anna that would soon make her new home with him and Bob on their farm in Tampa. Craig traveled more in his short life than most anyone we know and made friends around the world. The entire world is heaving deep sobs over a life tragically taken too soon.
We found this list on a lined piece of paper in Craig’s handwriting among some of his things – almost like a To Do list. Yet, if you knew him, you know this wasn’t a bucket list or a list of things he wanted to do, but instead these are among the things he most loved in life; the things that brought him joy.
Enjoying the View
Watching the Sunset
Watching the Stars
In addition to the many friends Craig leaves behind, he leaves his mom and dad, Bill and Anita Wright of Naples, Florida; his partner, Robert Glaser; his grandparents, Ned and Jean Wright, his aunts and uncles, Joanne and Dean Wolfe, Carole and Roger Halvorsen, and Kenneth and Rebecca Squires; and his cousins Colleen Wolfe, Amanda Halvorsen, Allison Wolfe McGrimley, and Jeffrey Halvorsen.