I had the pleasure of getting to know Jean Marc over the past 4 years. I always considered Jean to be one of my favorite friends in this world. He had such a way with people. If you ever had Jean as a friend then you had a friend for life that you could call anytime and he would answer.
Since his passing we have shared story after story and speaking on behalf of my pledge brothers, I would say we have never cried or laughed harder.
A word that describes Jean Marc perfectly is character…because he had great character and was a character himself. He had such a great sense of humor and could always make his friends laugh whether it was an elaborate practical joke on Sam Popejoy or Mark Lally, a little comment, or even his goofy laugh. He even had the rare ability of being able to make a person laugh with just a test. He had a way of making people feel important. If you ever went longer than a week without seeing him, he would put his arm around you, tell you he missed you and give you new music that you should be listening to.
I do have one story I want to tell today about Jean. During pledgeship we had to do an exercise called "Hold the Wall" where we would sit against the wall and rely on the support and strength of your pledge brothers. it wasn't long before everyone knew the best place was by Jean Marc, that guy was a rock. I remember personally trying to get between him and JH because I knew I was safe by these two massive men. I tell this story because it is so indicative to the life he led. He was the type of guy that would always lift you up and knew how to make you smile on your worst days.
I know even in death, Jean Marc will be there for all of us to hold our spirits up. I know he is here with us all giving me and all the other speakers the strength to be here today and speak our hearts.
At the end of the day, we may forget the words of our loved ones but we never forget the way they made us feel. That's why this is so tough because Jean Marc made us all feel special and has left us all with memories that we'll cherish forever.
While looking for some inspiration and wisdom for today I came across a passage that really reminded me of Jean and the way he lived...
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me show love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness; light;
Where there is sadness; joy.
I shall pass through this world only once and any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it for I shall not pass this way again. Jean Marc Street impacted a lot of people in his time and will continue to inspire us all to grow and be better people.