I went back to school today, just for the hour. It’s the beginning of my final year in school. We were brought in for the routine “Welcome Back” speeches from our teachers and Principal. Of course, when you’re in your last year, most of these speeches are more like prep-talks for the exams we will be doing at the end of the term. We were just finished listening to the last speech, about to leave, when our Principal had something to say.
He told us that Joseph Olwill, a guy in our year, had died the previous night. I have known Joe for the past 12 years at least. I went through Primary and Secondary school with him. I grew up with him. I spent entire Summers with him. The news, obviously, came as a huge shock.
Joe was easily the funniest guy I have ever known. He would bring a smile to anyone’s face. He was always the life of the party. I’m not even making this up. Joe was also one damn crazy bastard. He would do the weirdest things, simetimes at the most inappropriate times. One such example, which Dan reminded me of today is this: We were in school, and there were posters up for a fundraising event being organised by the Fourth Years in our school. Out of nowhere, Joe rips down the poster and starts laughing like a mad man. Our principal was right behind him.
Joe did crazy stuff like this all the time! He was honestly one of the nicest people I have known, and as I said earlier, the funniest. There’s not much more I can say about it. My thoughts are with Joe and his family, and I know I’m not alone. I created a page on Facebook in his memory, because there wasn’t already one. I asked people to share their memories. In a few hours, it already has 328 likes, and over 30 Wall posts of memories.
You will be missed, Joe. I’ll miss you in Music. I’ll miss giving you a lift home. I’ll miss walking to and from school with you. I’ll miss the laughs, I’ll miss the smiles.
Nacho Man Celli