Originally created 04/28/97

Says Augusta `lost a good friend'



Your paper reported the death of a very good friend, Allen Caldwell. Much has been written and said about his death, but not about this man and his life.

While working in a volunteer role for the YMCA, I had the opportunity to know and work with him on the 1995 YMCA Dream Home and the 1996 Dream Home Raffle fund-raiser. His dedication and passion for this community, the YMCA, his family and his friends was contagious. Sincerely committed to every project in which he was involved, he was always eager to volunteer for more.

I never heard a complaint, nor was he inconvenienced, even with a 6:00 a.m. radio or TV appearance to promote ticket sales. He was truly an inspiration and a joy to all around him.

Those of us who knew him know how much he cared, how honorable he was and how much his life made a difference. Stories in the media shrouded this man in a cloak of dishonesty. That makes me very angry. The people who judge him should only hope, when their lives are inventoried, that their good deeds can measure in part to his many accomplishments.

This community has lost a very good friend. I already miss him.

Nancy P. Naylor, Augusta