Holly Paine

Holly N. Paine

Friday, October 29th, 1971 - Saturday, May 18th, 2019
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Holly N. Paine age 47 of Bridgeport, loving daughter of James and Marilyn Paine passed away in her home on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Born in Stamford, Connecticut on October 29, 1971. Private services will take place in Florida.

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Posted at 05:12pm
A car full of teenage boys pulls up next to a car full of teenage girls, at a traffic light along route 7. It was the summer of 1987 in Wilton, CT.
With gestures, indistinguishable shouts and smiles, it is somehow agreed between the two parties what would ensue at the next red light. Half the boys would get out of their car and pile into the girls car, and half of the girls would do the same.
I swear I can't remember whether you got into my car or I got into yours. I guess it didn't matter really because something much more important had just happened. I saw your face.
I heard your laugh.
I smelled your perfume. (I can still smell it)
I really did experience, "Love at first sight".
I tried so hard to be cool. To be funny. To be interesting. To be anything and everything impressive to you.. I had to. I had just met you and I knew you were the one..
Just as quickly as it had started, our encounter ended just a few miles down the road.
I'll never know if the impression I left you was good enough on it's own, or if you simply relented after my relentless campaign of courtship.
I had somehow learned your address. And, on the days that I would deliver the newspaper around town, I would put a hand-written letter that I had crafted over the previous few days into your mailbox.
Part of my memory believes they were Love Letters. Full of, "My dearest darling", and, "your amazing golden hair and your mesmerizing cat eyes". My best guess is that they were just musings of teenage life. Stuff about what kind of music I liked, where I'd like to travel, how our President sucked, etc. Regardless, they were written and delivered with truly only one purpose- to see you again soon. I guess, no matter their contents, they were Love Letters after all.
We started dating that summer. I remember the park we strolled around. I remember the tree we sat under. I remember the background music that was like the soundtrack of our romance. I don't remember our first kiss. Isn't that odd? I remember that I loved kissing you though. I seriously doubt I ever passed up an opportunity.
Summer ended and I went back to boarding school. It was my Senior year. I came home ever Friday to spend Saturday and Sunday with you. The weekdays in between took forever to go by, but that year went by so fast!
That next summer too. All too soon I was off to college.
I couldn't make it home on the weekends anymore.
One day, you called me. You told me that it was time for us to live our separate lives.
I tried. But, I had given you my whole heart. When you left, you took it with you.
I mourned losing you for over 10 years.
We saw each other again, one night over 10 years later in New York City.
I held out hope that we could recapture the fierce love and passion that fueled my first ever true love. It was not meant to be. But, you gave me a truly valuable gift. You gave me back my heart. Thank you for that, Holly. I have put it to good use. Thank you for filling it with such joy.
I love you. I miss you.
Rest in peace.

Stephanie Reynolds

Posted at 01:00pm
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28,29. There Jesus promised a resurrection of our loved ones who have passed away. This beautiful hope can sustain us during times of grief. Please accept my condolences.

Catherine Zahorsky

Posted at 02:31pm
I am sad to hear of Holly's passing but relieved to know she is now released from
any suffering into the peaceful, loving presence of God that such a sweet, bright and
loving person like Holly so deserves. She will be missed by all creatures great and
small that she cared for and who got to know her gentle spirit.
I wish peace to her sister Ashley, her mom, and family.
With love and peace, Catherine (Cathy) Zahorsky - Bridgeport, Connecticut

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