The Atlantic City Weekly editorial department received an e-mail this morning from a Pleasantville native, now a Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio.
We wanted to share it with our readers.
Last year, my life was touched by a young child who just lost a life long battle with cancer, but left a legacy of living life to the fullest each and every day he lived. His name was Ricky McAvaddy and he died on Friday, October 22, 2010.
Ricky’s lifelong dream was to become a meteorologist, just like me. This really hit home having grown up in the local area of Pleasantville, N.J. with my brother Duane, now Pleasantville’s Chief of Police, my two sisters and parents.
I also followed my dreams like Ricky, relocating to be the Meteorologist-In-Charge of the Cleveland Weather Forecast Office of the National Weather Service. I was honored to help Ricky make one of his childhood dreams come true in 2009. Ricky, who was passionate about science and weather wanted to be a weatherman.
It was my honor and privilege to provide Ricky an official National Weather Service proclamation at a community rally where the Honorable Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle, Sr., deemed Ricky an Honorary Meteorologist for a day. A young man whose valiant struggle throughout his short life never dampened his passion for living, his belief in himself and his future, motivates me to write this letter.
Let little Ricky McAvaddy’s life be a lesson to all of our young people to live your dream. Just as little Ricky lived his dream, sometimes in pain and physical difficulty; he touched many people’s lives with his positivity making our small community a better place to live.
Meteorologist in Charge
National Weather Service, Cleveland, Ohio
Find out more about William Comeaux here.