Letters

Outpouring of Love

Sep 04, 2019
Courtesy of: Scott Horensky Friends and family pay tribute to avid waterman Kurt Horensky at a paddle-out last month.

To the Editor:

Reflecting on this past summer, I have to say, this summer was one of the hardest times I have experienced in my lifetime. Over the last three years I have witnessed my younger brother, Kurt Horensky, battle cancer, culminating with his death this past August. That being said, the people of this island, both past and present residents, have touched me in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations.

Speaking for my family, I am grateful for the community’s outpouring of love over the last three years – many of you checking in on Kurt, delivering meals, visiting him and assisting him with whatever he needed. 

In addition, I will forever remember Aug. 16, when many of you joined us for his paddle-out at Holyoke, church service at St. Thomas and celebration of life at the Marlin and Tuna Club. Many people commented that the paddle-out was the largest this island has ever seen. 

The love and support I received from this endearing community eased my pain through this difficult time, and I am truly blessed to call Beach Haven my home. You all know who you are – there are way too many people to list. In broad terms, you consist of relatives, lifelong friends, healthcare providers, neighbors, surfers, fishermen, fellow gardeners, restaurateurs, carpenters, librarians, town employees and local business owners.

My brother, Kurt Horensky, will forever be recognized as one of the finest watermen in Beach Haven. He lived his life speaking the language of the ocean. A bench is being placed at the top of Holyoke in his memory, reminding us all to “seek to live in harmony with the ocean and find wisdom in the waves.”

Scott Horensky

Beach Haven

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