Steve Hartman delivers the goods again:
And this local story this morning brought together two stories I remember well, because both were so randomly tragic and then finding out they were actually unique friends was poignant. Sad but sweet story of unexpected friends.
Boulder County pair intertwined in life and death
“Woman killed in Louisville after being struck by tree limb during windstorm.” – April 18, 2018
“Boulder County employee dies following fall at Heil Valley Ranch.” – May 10, 2018.
Those two headlines appeared in the Daily Camera in spring 2018. Neither report mentioned the other, because there appeared to be no reason to link them at the time. Just two unfortunate, but unrelated deaths. It wasn’t until a year later a woman walked into the Daily Camera office and revealed the connection: two people who were thrown together by life, and joined together forever in their deaths.
At first glance, it might not have seemed like 62-year-old Lucinda Spencer and 29-year-old Lucas Lile had a lot in common. But in the spring of 2018, they found themselves at similar places in life.
Spencer had just broken up with her boyfriend and was moving off of the Lafayette farm property where she had lived for almost 20 years.
“The move was very hard on her,” said her friend and former roommate Martine Rudee. “It was a big move after she had a beautiful property she lived on for 16 years. It was just kind of strange for her. She was just getting to know her neighbors.”
Meanwhile, Lile was back at home with his parents after breaking up with a girlfriend and once again finding himself between jobs.
“He was never really sure what he wanted to do,” his mother Gail Lile said, noting her son had done everything from bartending to going to school to become a teacher to serving in the French Foreign Legion.
Friends of Spencer’s just so happened to live near the Lile family, and when they heard Lucas Lile was in between jobs, they told him Spencer was looking for help with her move. And so Lile helped Spencer move her things, and the two quickly bonded. A few weeks after the move, Spencer rehired Lile to help her sort through some things because she had more than she could fit in the new place. Read more here.
Speaking of kindness. I don’t know if I already shared this with you. My friend who works for me part-time, handed in his time sheet last week with a note that said, “You are a wonderful boss and more importantly a good friend. Don’t pay me for this time, please apply it to Bixby’s recovery. And give the big guy a hug for me.”