CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A memorial service for Clarion University student James Whitman was held at the Clarion Memorial Stadium on Sunday, February 28.
(Photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography)
Despite the cold, rainy weather, a large crowd of mourners gathered to remember Whitman.
Speakers at the event included Clarion University President Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Economics Professor Dr. Sandra Trejos, and many of Whitman’s friends.
“It is never easy to lose a life so young,” Dr. Dale stated. “It is out of the natural order of things, and yet James was well loved and loved all of you. You’re here tonight as a testimony to that.”
Dr. Trejos shared some of her most memorable interactions with Whitman, and the impression he made on her.
“James was a candid and warm individual who was aware of his surroundings and his neighbors,” Trejos said. “We are proud of who he is and trust he will live in eternal happiness and we remain grateful that we met him and interacted with him.”
Many of his friends also spoke about what a loving and caring person James was.
“I have such a big family now because of him,” one friend said. “I know he’s so happy we’re all close together even without him.”
“James was really a one-of-a-kind guy. I’ve never met anyone else like him and I never will,” another friend said.
The event was organized by Delta Zeta with support from the university.
Due to the weather, those in attendance were unable to release lanterns as planned.