Monday, February 21, 2011

In Memory of My Brother


I haven't spoken about it before on this site but a year ago today I lost my brother and my best buddy Wray. I've been thinking of him all day; going over and over my favorite happy memories of our growing up together and becoming closer and closer friends as we got older. From adventures in the woods behind our house in Connecticut all the way up to him standing next to me as my "Man" of honor at my wedding two years ago. One memory that popped up for me this morning was of an email he sent me a couple weeks before he died. In that email he sent me a link to his friend's website Teton AT that had featured a photo of him skiing a couloir on Mount Prospectors (above). Along with the link he joked that maybe he could be featured on my blog for his "street style" someday. I laughed it off and, as always, got a kick out of the fact that an avid outdoorsman like him would even have any interest in the fact that his little sister had a fashion blog. He was always so supportive of me no matter what I did. So, I figure what better day to feature Wray Wray's "street style" than on today's post.

Love you Wray.


Wray and I hiking before we could hike...

If you are interested in learning more about the incredible life that my brother lived as well as the work that he did as a conservationist click here for his obituary, Teton Land Trust Tribute, and a news article in the Jackson Hole News.

Thanks for listening readers.
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7 comments:

Whit said...

WOW! What a touching post and his obit. made me tear up. It's weird just before I read your blog I received word that a friend was caught in an avalanche just moments before - all are ok. They were lucky. I love reading your blog.

Stacy said...

This is beautiful Dana. Thank you for sharing such a special part of your life with us. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Wray has some pretty extreme street style going on. Definitely a trendsetter not an imitator.

Samantha said...

What a beautiful way to remember your brother. I'm sure he was a wonderful person who still watches over you with love. Thanks for sharing.

Christi said...

Thanks for sharing this, Dana! Hugs!

Elise Bratton said...

Oh Dana- this a a special post. Thanks.
Now..your brother's style...well....
When I first met W in Missoula...let's just say...green cut-off sweatpants...yeah.....! Jeans, tight on the bottom...old t-shirts.....glasses that could have been more up-to-date.....
Anyway, I remember getting him some "nicer" shirts , etc. I think I gave him a little bit more 'style'...but no matter what Wray wore he had more style in his little toe than most people will ever have. He had the important kind of style. A true and pure spirit. He was real....really real. His kind are always in fashion.
Love to you. Elise

Mom and Dad said...

We would like your readers to know that we are so very proud of both of those two wonderful little kids in the Gerry pack in the picture taken in Yellowstone in 1983. What joy they have brought into our lives. Such a perfect tribute to your brother and our son. We love you Dana. Mom and Dad

Breacheese said...

Such a touching blog post, I had to leave a message. Thank you for sharing. I'm sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts go with you and your family. Just know there is hope to see him again in the future.

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