In memory of Justin

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"One day at a moment..."

Justin was such a kind and gentle soul with a child-like quality who got excited about so many of the little things in life. He loved Christmas, his cats, feeding the squirrels, sipping coffee and perusing books at Barnes and Noble, traveling, and gaming with his best buddy, Doug. 

He was incredibly smart, had a great love of books and enjoyed learning about anything and everything, but especially about health and psychology. He was always excited to share the knowledge he gained with his family and friends. He had a unique and silly sense of humor with a laugh that was so contagious. He was the best movie buddy, especially if you just needed a good laugh.

He loved nature and when he could, would push his body whether through running on trails, weight training, martial arts, yoga, or anything else that challenged him physically.

Though he had many happy times and loved hard, he also felt pain very deeply and battled a long devastating illness, often suffering in silence. He fought courageously for a long time and though he had a strong spirit, he sadly could not hold on any longer. 

You will be missed dearly. We hope you have finally found peace. Sleep well.

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