Suzette Maes Walkup: Little blue signs that mean the world to the loved ones |

Suzette Maes Walkup: Little blue signs that mean the world to the loved ones

To the Editor:

Greetings. I am writing in response to the article published in the Jan. 4, 2012, edition of the Sky-Hi News titled, “Road signs come and go.”

I would first like to thank you, and the author of the article, for bringing attention to those little blue signs that mean the world to the loved ones who initiated their erection.

My father is the late Chris J. Maes. He lost his life on a crisp autumn morning while, on what should have been, a fun-filled weekend of hunting with his son and grandsons. In an attempt to bring to life a man who is much more than just a name on sign, I would like to share a bit about who he was in life.

Born in February 1948, my dad was a fourth generation Colorado native whose life revolved around his love of God, family, and Colorado’s majestic beauty. He was a kind and loving father to four children and a very proud papa to 11 grandchildren. His passing has devastated our family beyond expression; however, in the months following his passing, it was things such that blue memorial road sign that helped us work through our grief. I imagine that for the 362 families of others lost, the pain is very similar.

I would like to thank Sky-Hi News for the time it took to bring attention to these little blue treasures that offer a glimpse at a life that once was. May those lost rest in peace, may the families find peace, and may Colorado motorists return safely home to the families who love them. Thank you for the article.

Suzette Maes Walkup

Fort Collins

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