I met this random kid online on IRC a year and a half ago (I believe it was December 19th, 2010). His name was HarryD. We got talking and one time he mentioned that he was going to hike Mount Monadnock. That is near me so we got talking and he said he lived near North Hampton, MA. That was cool that I met some random kid who lived near me. He was only 17 at the time.
Eventually we met up because my new girlfriend lived near NoHo in Holyoke. One day I went down to see her and met up with him. He was wearing all brown, so I joked that he was a UPS delivery guy. We hung out for a bit, I think I met his friend Sam that day. Then I left and went home. For the next year we would hang occasionally, usually I would go down and visit NoHo because it was easy for him to Bike to and he worked there. We went bowling, once or twice, and he came up for this super bowl to watch Star Wars instead because screw sports!
I think that was the last time I saw him.
On this Saturday, May 19th, 2012, he was riding his bicycle in North Hampton and collided with a car, sending him flying off and smacking his head on the edge of the curb. There are some other details which I am not 100% sure about. He then was in the hospital until Tuesday May 22, 2012 at which time he passed away.
We used to talk every day, either on IRC, AIM or gTalk. His account on IRC (no_numbers_here) is still active because his VPS for http://harry.is is still paid for and online until the next billing period. Its so sad seeing his name online and not being able to send a “hey dood” or some other random greeting, then start talking about computers, python, bikes, etc.
Harry was an avid cyclist. I am reading stories that even if he had to go thirty feet, he would hop on his bike to get there. He got me interested in cycling as well. He was going to sell me a bike, but the I was talking to a friend and he gave me on, so I never bought it. Which as it turns out was good as he wanted to give that to his new girlfriend.
I was planning on hanging out with him next weekend, as he was busy with something this weekend that I can’t remember. I wanted to take him target shooting, and wanted to eventually be in enough shape to go hiking with him. None of this ever came to fruition.
Harry Delmolino, we may not have been as close as we could have been, but you definitely made a difference in my life for the better and I never got to thank you for this.
I went to the Calling Hours today and I was only there maybe a half hour, but there were so many people there. It’s amazing that a man so young has touched so many lives of so many people, and had accomplished so much. People might say “Oh we was just a kid, he was only 18″ but if they looked at the accomplishments of this young man, they would realize how grown up he was.
I think his mother and father might eventually delete his Facebook, so I went back and took a screenshot of one of our last conversations so I can remember. Everything he said usually warranted a laugh.