Celebrating the life of Harrison Ratledge

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Harrison’s light shone so brightly on those who were lucky enough to meet him. He was charismatic, kind, smart, funny, empathetic, and loving. The kind of person who, when you walked into a room, would smile and make you feel instantly welcome. One conversation with Harrison and it was obvious how genuine and kindhearted he was, how much he cared about others. 

 

He would drop anything for those he loved. Listening to him talk about the people in his life, it was clear that he knew 

many people had his back and would show up for him in the same steadfast way he showed up for them. 

 

Harrison wasn’t someone who skimmed the surface of life— he dove deep, and loved fiercely. When he was interested in something, he would learn everything about that subject, backwards and forwards. He loved building things, writing, kayaking, hiking, history, and reading. He liked to read detective novels and historical novels, and had a special passion for military history. Harrison’s most recent passion was weightlifting, and, as usual, he gave it his all. Weightlifting was his outlet, and he deserved the confidence and pride it gave him. 

 

It would be easy to go on and on about the bright light that is Harrison— a beautiful soul whose legacy is one steeped in love. Just as Harrison loved others, Harrison’s friends, family, and community loved and cherished him beyond words, and always will. 

 

It has been an honor to know Harrison, to witness his light and get to share some laughs with him. And now it is an honor to celebrate the radiance of his life. To celebrate how much one person can impact so many others just by being who they are. And, ultimately, to celebrate the eternal nature of love: how it often changes forms, but never does it end.