3 Bugeys and a Wagon

3 Bugeys and a Wagon
11/13/2010 - 5k Stomp Out Hunger: Immaculata Collge

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Drew Bauer 1977-2011

Drew Bauer    1977-2011

A week ago, I lost a friend of mine from my "wonder years."  I first met Drew in 7th or 8th grade through lacrosse.  Along with Bill Bradfield, Drew and I were teammates all 4 years in high school.  He was a fantastic lacrosse player and a great captain.  I had seen Drew from time to time through the years following high school and college.  I recently last saw him at the service when my father passed.  Drew put a real nice posting on his facebook wall about my father, which I will never forget.  We were going to get together soon.  Drew had started playing lacrosse again, and we talked about me bringing my sons over to watch a game.

Drew was the oldest of 5 children.  My mother and his mother were the co-presidents of the lacrosse boosters in high school.  It was amazing to see the men that his brothers became, and of course the young ladies that his two little sisters became.  The Bauer family are very close, and that was obviously noticed in this sad time.

Last night, the services were held for Drew.  There were hundreds of people.  I saw people that we graduated with that I hadn't seen in over 10 years.  I saw coaches and teachersI hadn't see in 15 years.  The turnout was amazing.  During the service, his brother Sam spoke about him.  It was very funny (as I expected) and also very touching.  Everyone was really proud of Sam. 

But this was just the beginning of the night.  After the services, it was Drew Bauer night in West Chester.  Every bar and restaurant had friends and family members from the service there.  I first went to Barnabys with a good high school friend of mine Bill Bradfield.  Billy and I were really close in high school, but had lost touch over the years.  It was so great just to sit down with him for 45 minutes, have a few beers, and catch up.  As I stated earlier, the two of us and Drew were teammates all 4 years.  We made varsity as sophomores, and that was a real special achievement for the 3 of us back then. 

Billy and I then headed over to the Iron Hill, to meet up with Suzanne Brown, Anne Debenney, Anne's sister, and Anne's mom.  We caught up for about 30 minutes or so.

Finally, I made my way over to the Side Bar, where the Bauer family was.  I got to hang out with Nate and Sam, Courtney and Chris, John Hohneberg, Rip Saling, Brian DeVauno....just to name a few.  It was such a celebration as opposed to a mourning.  I think everyone could agree that is how Drew wanted it.  The night was a real tribute to how many people Drew touched.....not just by how many attended the service, but by how many people were out all night talking about him.  He was an amazing guy.

Finally, this was a post Drew had put on facebook about 10 days before he passed.  It speaks volumes

Live your life. Have fun, don't take things too seriously, and remember to keep everything in perspective.

Always have a goal, and always stay positive. Keep an upbeat attitude, do whatever it takes to make yourself happy.

Follow your heart, and never ever make yourself miserable in order to make someone else happy.

That last one really got me.  That is great advice.


I have some pics here.  Some were mine originally, others I hi-jacked off of facebook.   I also took some facebook comments on here left by different people.

Drew, today when I heard that you had passed away I was filled with disbelief. I am so thankful to have such great memories of you and the fun times of senior year, from the black Jeep that required no keys to canoeing down the Bradywine. You have and will always mean so much to me and my entire family. The DeBenny family sends their love and prayers to your family. You will be greatly missed, you meant so much to so many. 
- Anne DeBenny

Lots of great memories over the years... A heart of gold. Rest in peace, bro 
- Ed Travis

Drew-I shared my first "real" kiss with you. Granted, it was in the parking lot of the AMC movie theater;) but you only have a first kiss once, right? I was happy to run into you last fall so we had a few minutes to catch up on the past 15 years. I will keep fun memories of HS close and remember you always. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and those who hold you close.
-Rachel Smith Foster

You were always one of those people EVERYBODY loved... And we all still do. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Bauer family.
-Adam Stanco

All the memories, the black jeep, two a days at football camp and of course the barn, sorry to hear there will be no more. Thought and prayers to a great family, so very sorry for your loss.
-Kevin Green

we played tonight for you, and got the win for you...we missed you terribly, thanks for everything you did for us. I would not of had so much success in lacrosse if it wasen't for your coaching and fun you brought to practice....rest easy drew!
-Sean Evans

From middle school to youth lax and summer camps to working at mr mulch landscaping together and our circle of friends... These are the things that have always kept us in touch for over 20 years. Drew was respected by his peers and by our parents. He was an amazing student athlete/good friend and always seemed to keep things in perspective with a smile on his face. I saw Drew about three weeks ago and we shared a laugh about where the time has gone and he made my three yr old son smile. I will probably think of that when I remember him. RIP Drew.
-Brian Coyle

I'm sure you were listening to your younger/bigger brother last night and laughing you A*S off. He did and Amazing job and brought down the house.. You touched so many people in you short life and they were all there last night.. R.I.P Drew, keep that smile going...
--Rip Saling

Finally, this was a post Drew put on facebook on 05/29, a few days after my father passed away.
I realize that I am a couple days late. I don't think you will mind. God rest your soul Mr Bugey. I will always remember the smell of your cigars on the sidelines. I can hear ya yelling at the refs right now. My heart goes out to Bri and " The mighty Mary". Walt you will be forever missed.

Drew, I can only say this.....I will miss you, and you will be forever missed as well!

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