The needler in the haystack.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sara Damon Pessa, 1990 - 2011

Sara (left), her sister Avery and their cousin Renee
in a 2002 visit to Plainfield's Shakespeare Garden.

Sara, the older daughter of my sister Barbara and her husband Joe, passed away after suffering a massive heart attack while working out on the treadmill at her university's gym in Manhattan Thursday.

Sara would have been a senior in New York University's theater arts program this fall, where she was studying acting.

Barbara and my other sister, Diane, have lived two doors apart in Cromwell, Connecticut for nearly the whole lifetimes of their four daughters -- Sara and her sister Avery, and Erin and her sister Renee.

Sara's cousin Erin graduated last month from George Washington University, and is planning a career in international relations.

The younger cousins, Avery and Renee, are still in high school in Connecticut.

Sara pulls herself up by her Uncle Dan's hair
at her home in Browns Mills her first Christmas, 1990.

The Damon clan gets together in Connecticut, 2003.
The four cousins are in the front row. My sister Barbara is between my brother Bill and I,
sister Diane is directly in front of me. Mom and grandmom Anne is between Nat and Barb's husband Joe in back row.
A generous and happy spirit, Sara had really blossomed as she set her course on an acting career, working hard at her NYU studies plus a job at a high-profile Manhattan eatery where she made many contacts in the theater.

Her spirit will live on in the lives of her many friends and extended family. In addition, organ and tissue recipients will benefit from her donations on their behalf.

In thinking of her passing at such a young age and with so much promise ahead of her, I recall some lines from the Spanish-American philosopher and poet Jorge Santayana --

I give back to the earth what the earth gave
All to the furrow, nothing to the grave.

There will be no Plainfield Today on Tuesday as I travel to Connecticut for the funeral.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Olive said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Dan.

None of us knows how much time we have in this life.

We all should make each day count - LIVE our lives, make the world a better place for ourselves, our loved ones and for the world around us.

Sara was doing that. She did the best with her life while she had it. That's all any of us can do.

I wish you a good trip to CT with your family.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your lose.
My Deepest sympathy to your family

olddoc said...

I wish there were words enough to mitigate the heartache resulting from the loss of one so young and vibrant. Perhaps the “Why” can be determined so other families may be spared such a tragedy?
My sincere sympathies to you and your Family.

Harold S. Yood

Anonymous said...

My condolences to you and your family on such an untimely passing. There are few words to extend which will lessen the pain, when these things happen. Please know that my thoughts are with you and have a safe journey to and from Ct.

Susan Lattimore Jackson

Anonymous said...

This is such sad news. May the Lord comfort you and your family during your times of grief and bring to mind many sweet memories of Sara. ~Jeanne Yurke

Richard said...

A loving and heartfelt eulogy. She must have been very close and dear to you.

We are sorry for your loss. All our condolences to you and your family.

Richard and Roseann

John D. said...

Dan, my thouughts and prayers go out to you and her family.

Anonymous said...

Dan, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May GOD bless you all and give you strength as you celebrate the life and homegoing of Sara.


Dan - My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Michael Townley said...

My sincere sympathies and those of the other members of the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield are with you and your family at this tragic loss.

Anonymous said...

Oh Dan I'm so so very sorry... There is nothing sadder than losing someone so dear at such a young age. You have my deepest sympathy.

Anonymous said...

Dan, our thoughts and our love are with you and your family. What a terrible loss of promise for your young niece., and how devastating to you all. May you get through these next few days with the love and comfort of friends and family.
We are so very sorry.
Julie and Shari

Georgann said...

Dan, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your neice, Sara. When someone so young with so much promise dies, it really highlights how fleeting this life is and how we must make sure to enjoy each other and truly live life while we have it.

Our youngest graduated H.S. Saturday and heads to NYU's Tisch -Clive Davis Recording Arts Dept. this fall. We'll share Sara's story with him and we know that she will continue to have an impact on young lives.

Our thoughts will be with you as you head to CT tomorrow.

~Georgann Harris

Anonymous said...

Dear Dan,
We are deeply saddened for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Libby & Peter Price

Anonymous said...

Dan, We are so very sorry.

Anonymous said...

My deepest, most sincere sympathies, Dan.

Chad W.

Anonymous said...


. . . losing a child is . . . I don't know what to say. Strength comes through family and friends.

My thoughts are with you.


Ari Charles said...

So sorry for your loss, Dan. God bless your entire family as you grieve.

Anonymous said...

Dear Dan,

Our heart-felt condolences go out to your and your family. We hope that the memories of her vibrant spirit will provide you comfort during this difficult time.

Lilas & Stephen

Anonymous said...

just had a chance to read this now - nicely said. She was an amazing young lady who will be missed by many. Love to you and Nat. Diane