CHAMPLAIN - Tragedy struck the lives of many when Jonathan Clark McGoldrick tragically lost his life in a car accident Jan. 19.
McGoldrick, who was a member of the junior class at Northeastern Clinton Central School, was only 16 years old when his life was cut short. The amount of lives he touched was evident at his funeral at St. Mary's Church Jan. 24. The church was filled beyond seating capacity with his family, friends and teachers who feel the void he left behind.
NCCS senior Frank Tedford, a close friend of McGoldrick's, said he was "one of those guys that nobody could ever forget."
"There will never be another Jon McGoldrick," said Tedford. "He was someone who could always make you laugh no matter what. He didn't care if it was even at him. At least you laughed." McGoldrick, who was a member of the school's golf team and bowling team, was remembered by one of his bowling teammates, junior Meaghan Fresn. She remembered him as "a great person" who "always kept his head up and was always there to talk to."
"He touched many people's lives and hearts," she said. "I'll always have special memories of him. Jon is greatly loved and missed."
Senior Cassandra McKay, a friend of McGoldrick's who worked with him at McDonald's in Champlain, said he was "a really hard worker who never gave up no matter how stressful a situation was."
"He always kept a positive attitude about everything. He was always there no matter what," she said. "Even now he is watching over us."
One of McGoldrick's teachers, Steve Sullivan, remembers there was "never a dull moment when [McGoldrick] was in the room."
"His personality and sense of humor kept me and the class at ease," Sullivan said. "He had no enemies and nobody disliked him."
With such positive memories of McGoldrick, the halls of NCCS were silent the day following his death as the students mourned the loss of their classmate and friend. Throughout the day and week, students lined up at his locker and a paper-covered wall in the lobby devoted to him. They wrote down their memories, shared heartfelt comments, and signed their names. The contents of the wall and the actual door to the locker were later removed, delivered to his family, and displayed at his remembrance services.
The bowling team, of which McGoldrick was credited for playing an integral part, wished to honor his memory. They did so by selling pins, which had a small bowling ball and bowling pin attached to a blue ribbon. Proceeds in excess of $300 were given to John's family.
The bowling team has also planned to hold a tournament at Bowl-Mart Lanes, 277 U.S. Route 11, Sunday, Feb. 22, to raise money for a scholarship that will be given out in McGoldrick's memory. For more information, call the bowling alley at 297-6106.
Krissy Sterling is a student correspondent from Northeastern Clinton Central School in Jessica Mehrman's journalism class.