Lily's Tribute

Lily, Gordie's sister, & Gordie"Dough." This is probably the first word I ever said to Gordie because I couldn’t pronounce the full "Gordo." He was the most amazing person I have ever met. And I truly mean that. I am so glad I got to know him, more importantly, have him as a brother.

He was always so protective, never letting me watch certain TV shows and never willing to swear in front of me. And I can tell that he acted as a big brother to many of you, too. He was always looking out for the people he cared about. He had that amazing bear hug that I’m sure most of you would remember. And that duck walk…which definitely runs in the Herrlinger side of the "fam" as Gord would say.

He had such high self confidence, more than anyone I know. You could just see it in the way he would order his buffalo wings or Jack in the Box. He never cared about what people had to say about him, as long as he could put a smile on their face. And I think that is truly what he lived for, to make other people happy, which he definitely succeeded in doing.

Gord had such an incredible range of talents, pursuing almost everything he was interested in, in only 18 years. He was one on those rare people that when you see him, you just have to smile. And I even saw that when he would meet people for the first time. I think everyone looked up to him for his amazing ability to light up a room instantly. He always had that smile that was so contagious.

He was one of those people that would never talk about himself. And I know this because many of the people in Dallas never knew his love for acting, which he started in Deerfield.

I think anyone who had the privilege of knowing him would agree that we all learned something from him. He taught us to always stay optimistic and always look at the good side of everything. He never complained. And he was never mad. He would always cheer up my day with his ridiculous faces and movie quotes. Most importantly, he made me feel like the most important person in the world because he was always eager to be with me.

I never understood how he could be so good at so many things at such a young age, but now I think I understand. He was only given 18 years to live and he definitely made the best of it. I also believe he did more in his few years than many people have done in 50.

He was always the most open-minded person with the greatest variety of interests. He played football, lacrosse, acted, won various awards, joined the juggling club, the young republican club, and started the hug club with a few friends. And he was also that guy that wore the light blue tux to prom, and could actually pull it off. That’s what kind of person he was. And he was never ashamed or embarrassed when he did it. He was the kind of guy who would finish football practice and then head straight to the theater to rehearse for the play.

He was always the people person. It seemed his biggest fear was being alone. He would always ask me to be his "snuggy buddy" or to watch him play Spiderman or NCAA 2005, two of his favorite video games.

He was the kind of guy that had amazing trust and faith in people. I think that’s why he was such a great athlete. His teammates and he may not have been the biggest, or the fastest, or the most skilled guys out on the field, but they definitely wanted the most and had amazing trust in each other, each and every time they stepped onto the lacrosse and football field.

Gordie was in amazing actor, always having the energy and passion to carry on to the next role.

He was also an incredible musician. One who basically taught himself to play and developed a voice that many people here would remember. He had such a love for music. Whether it was a cell phone ring or concert, he always loved to sing along and add dramatic expressions.

He was proud to be a Texan when he went to Deerfield and then so proud to have come from Deerfield when he went to Boulder.

He would always make fun of me when I was little and would order something in a quiet voice that made me seem so unsure of myself, when he would order so that basically the entire restaurant could hear. He taught me to be sure of myself and proud of whatever I do. And something that I just realized recently is that what I am most proud of, is to have been his sister.

I know this is a hard day for everyone and I don’t know if this helps, but I definitely know it comforts me. The day I found out about this tragic event and I was waiting in the airport, all the sudden I heard from a TV next to me, "Hey Blue, there’s no ice in my lemonade. Drop and give me 10, NOW!" said by actor Will Farrell in "Old School." This was probably Gord’s favorite line from one of his favorite movies. I truly think this is Gord’s way of telling me he is all right. We are all so lucky to have known him and I truly feel worse for the people who never got to meet him. He was definitely one of a kind and I think everyone will remember his happy way of life forever.

I will always love you, Gordie. As my big brother, my greatest role model, and my best friend in the whole world.

Lily – Age 14