I have had the pleasure of knowing Jean Marc since middle school, along with living with him since we have gone to college. I truly considered Jean one of my best, most valued friends, and will never forget all the amazing times we have shared together.
Jean cared about his friends more than anyone I have ever met. The loyalty he showed to me and every one of his friends was something I have never seen in another person, and everyone knew he had your back. Jean made sure that anybody lucky enough to be one of his friends knew exactly how much it meant to him, and he made sure you knew on a daily basis.
The ability he had to draw unfamiliar faces to him was unreal. I watched countless times as new faces who had never met Jean before gravitate towards I'm for no apparent reason. Maybe it was that smile he had, maybe it was something else about him, I'll never know, but I do know that by the time they shook his hand, it was all over. His charm and character along with the fact that I never met a person he couldn't have laughing within a minute of meeting, was something you rarely find in a person.
Thinking back over the years, the amount of good memories makes it hard to pick out just one to share with y'all but one recent trip kept standing out to me. That trip fishing off Tybee Island with Jean and 3 other guys really was a blessing and involved a little bit of everything Jean loved.
He loved being outdoors, especially being around the water, and if the sun was out, he always wanted to be in it. After a full day of fishing we pulled back into Tybee Island and quickly realized an annual event called "Pirate Fest" was going on, which had been completely unplanned on our part. I think Jean always considered himself a bit of a pirate, and the fact that we had run into a pirate fest, with thousands of pirates running around, completely made the weekend for him.
Looking back, I'm so incredibly thankful for that trip and the fun times we all got to share with Jean that weekend doing something he loved.
Looking forward I know everyone in here has just as fond memories with him and its these memories that will keep us moving forward and keep his legacy alive.
Philippians chapter 1 verse 3 says;
"I thank God in all my remembrance of you"
Every moment spent with Jean was incredibly special and will never be forgotten by anyone who ever met him.
I can't think of a person I'd rather have watching over me up there and I know he will have every single one of our backs whenever we need it.