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Memorial for Jeff Malecha

More than 200 people came to a vigil for Jeff Malecha on Wednesday evening, March 24.

The vigil was held near St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach, across the street from the Espresso Station coffee shop. Father Ron Okrasinski, rector of St. Mary's, spoke at the vigil.

He told those assembled that the shop was Jeff Malecha's dream and that it should be their dream. The shop was a gathering place for Colonial Beach residents; it was reminiscent of the old country store where residents could gather for food, coffee and a chance to catch up with neighbors. 

One resident said the gathering was very touching: "Looking around you realize that you know everyone there."

Father Ron read this poem to the crowd of supporters for the Malecha family.

Smile because he lived

You can shed tears because he is gone.
Or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and pray he will come back.
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him.
Or it can be full of love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday.
Or you can live for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone.
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind and be empty and turn back.
Or you can do what he would want, you can smile, open your eyes because love goes on.

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