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I lost my beloved son, Daniel Peter Kelly (October 1974-August 2008), in a hit-and-run accident on August 22 in Houston, Texas. He is buried at the Flying Point Cemetery in Water Mill.

I wanted to place an evergreen cross at his grave for Christmas. I went to Lynch’s Garden Center on North Sea Road in Southampton. I had the honor of being waited on by the owner, Jerry Lynch. Jerry was about to ring up my sale when I started talking about my Danny. Jerry said he had heard of my loss and how sorry he was that an Iraqi War veteran (2004-2005) could have lost his life in such a senseless way.

With that he said, “There’s no charge.” I tried to pay, but he would not hear of it. I thanked him profusely through my tears. What a wonderful man to be able to see the pain in this mother’s heart.

Thank you, Jerry, for your compassion and caring. Merry Christmas to you and yours. God bless.

SUSAN McLANE GIOSCIAWater Mill

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