As a close-knit family, the entire St. Paul’s community is remembering the life and mourning the tragic loss of junior Justin Addison in a variety of ways throughout the campus. Justin, himself, wrote of this brotherhood and family environment at St. Paul’s for a recent assignment in religion class.
“Having only attended one Catholic school in my short sixteen years, I may only offer my humble observations concerning what St. Paul’s is and what we do here. The qualities I point out may be present in other schools, but I lack juxtaposition. What is evident here is our sense of brotherhood, both with our St. Paul’s classmates and the LaSallian community across the globe. The presence of God drifts about our campus like a thick perfume. One can feel it. One can smell it,” Justin wrote.
A heart-felt loss for the entire SPS family, Justin was an honor roll student who was known for his passion for competitive cycling and photography. He was also involved in numerous extra-curricular activities including Student Hosts, Lasallian Youth Leaders, and the Shell Eco-Car project. In an email sent to parents of St. Paul’s students, President/Principal Bro. Raymond Bulliard, F.S.C., described Justin as one who “smiled always, and had a deep and abiding faith in the presence of God. He was a wonderful young man.”
St. Paul’s has honored Justin throughout the week, beginning on Tuesday with prayer at morning assembly and later in the day with a student prayer service in the school’s Our Lady of Peace chapel during lunch break.
Friday, St. Paul’s will offer an all-school Mass for Justin during school hours in the Gene Bennett Sports Complex on campus. This will be the first school event in which the entire student body will wear the new formal dress uniform. Another prayer service will be held for friends and family immediately after school on Friday in the chapel.
Later that evening, a formal wake will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. with additional visitation on Saturday from 1:00-3:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service — all at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington.
As a continuing tribute, the St. Paul’s Marching Wolves will honor Justin throughout the Mardi Gras season by wearing black arm bands reading: JA–Live Jesus In Our Hearts Forever. Faculty members who march with the band will also wear the memorial arm bands.
In addition, students and faculty are creating a book of memories and personal messages to honor his memory. Anyone interested in offering any memories or messages for Justin are asked to email Kim Gardner by January 25 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link: Justin Addison obituary
[photos courtesy of Addison family]