Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dispatch: Steve Barbour's Sister's Letter to the Editor

Today's Dispatch had a letter from Diane Barbour Davidson, the sister of Steve Barbour. Not much else to say but that the Columbus cycling community should be proud.

On July 18, life completely changed for my family. My brother, Steven Barbour, was critically injured in a collision between his bicycle and a motor vehicle. He subsequently died on July 22 ("2-wheeled cortege rides to honor fallen friend," Dispatch article, July 28).

One can never be prepared for such a tragic event. Amid our grief, however, my mother and I have been comforted by the outpouring of love from family, friends and the central Ohio cycling community. So many people have shared stories of Steve's friendship, kindness, patience, eagerness to help and passion for cycling.

We were deeply touched by the memorial rides to Schoedinger Funeral Home and the funeral. People have reached out in so many ways, far too many to mention in this letter. The staff at the Ohio State University Medical Center and Lifeline of Ohio provided exceptional care to Steve and the family. They were skilled, professional and compassionate.

We will be forever grateful to Father Michael and Father Joseph of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral for their tender loving care. My mother and I were unaware that there were so many angels in our midst. Our thanks to each and every one of you.

DIANE BARBOUR DAVIDSON
Saint Joseph, Mich.

People, not speed.

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