A eulogy for 6-year-old Noah Pozner has marked the start of a sad procession of funerals for the 20 children killed last week in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The 6-year-old’s eulogy was distributed by the Associated Press, and given by the uncle of Noah, Alexis Haller of Washington state.
In it, in words unimaginable to consider uttering, Haller describes Noah Pozner as he was in life, in terms any parent or loving adult can relate to as they struggle to understand what the victims’ families are enduring and will endure in coming months.
Heller begins, describing the six-year-old’s precocious sense of humor in a heartbreaking anecdote:
“On Friday, Dec. 14, we tragically lost a most beloved member of our family. Noah was a 6-year-old little boy, and he was so dear to all of our hearts … Words cannot express the unfathomable loss we feel.
“Noah was a wonderful son and a loving brother. He was kind, caring, smart, funny, and sometimes even a little mischievous. He liked to tell his sisters that he worked in a taco factory; when they asked him how he got to work, he would give them a funny look as if to say he knew something that they didn’t.”
Pozner’s uncle continues, telling mourners about Noah’s relationship with his siblings, including a twin:
“Noah was a little kid. He loved animals, video games and Mario Brothers. He was already a very good reader, and had just bought a Ninjago book at a book fair that he was really excited about reading. He was also very excited about going to a birthday party he had been invited to. It was to take place on Saturday, Dec. 15.
“Noah loved his family dearly, especially his mom, his dad, his big sisters Danielle and Sophia, his big brother Michael, and his dear twin Arielle. He called Arielle his best friend, and she was — and always had been.”
“If Noah had not been taken from us, he would have become a great man. He would been a wonderful husband and a loving father. He would have been a backbone of our family for years to come. His loss, and our loss, are deep indeed … It is unspeakably tragic that none of us can bring Noah back. We would go to the ends of the Earth to do so, but none of us can.
“What we can do is carry Noah within us, always. We can remember the joy he brought to us. We can hold his memory close to our hearts. We can treasure him forever. And all of us, including the family, the community, the country and the world, can honor Noah by loving each other and taking care of each other. That’s what Noah would have wanted … Noah, we love you so much, we miss you dearly, and we will never, ever forget you.”
Noah Pozner and classmate Jack Pinto both were memorialized today by their families during funerals in Newtown.