Sunday, June 20, 2010

One of the best Red Sox fans, a Tar Heel, passes away on Father's Day after long battle

I'm a member of a very active and successful Red Sox fan club. One of the friends of the club has been an inspiration to us and has, as we now know, been an anonymous donor of thoughtful gifts to help members and to contribute to charities such as the famous Jimmy Fund.

At 3:30 p.m. on Father's Day, Scott Davenport, passed away surrounded by family and friends after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

In making the announcement to the club, Sean Bunn, who serves as Red Sox Nation Governor for North Carolina, a team out-reach program, wrote:

"I've learned a lot about how to be generous even in the smallest things, about how best to savor moments, and about how to treat each day as a gift. He had a distinct and profound impact on my life, and I hope to remember those lessons every day and pass them on.

"I know that Scott savored every last moment of his August 2009 trip to Fenway Park, and that he represented all of us quite well when he threw out the first pitch of this current, exciting Red Sox campaign. When it counted, we all knew that Scott would be able to deliver.

"I take comfort in knowing that my fellow Sox fan was able to see two Red Sox Championships in his lifetime, and that Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox won a late-inning thriller yesterday afternoon in the last game he was able to watch on TV with his family."

To read a March article about Davenport, please click here. To see a Triangle Red Sox Nation photo gallery tribute to him, please click here.

Thoughts and prayers go out Scott Davenport's family.

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