It has been two months since the Brastow family lost a son, brother, nephew and grandson to a tragic motorcycle accident.
While the pain of their loss still remains, the smiles and support from family and friends keep the family of Myles Owen Brastow, who died at the age of 17, focused on keeping his name alive.
Hundreds gathered at the former Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI to skate in Brastow's memory. The M.O.B. fundraiser, organized by his family, was created to provide scholarships to two Attleboro High School seniors.
Public skating at the rink where Brastow spent years playing hockey seemed a fitting idea for the Attleboro High School student who had been skating at the rink since he was 9.
"This is a way for people to remember what he loved and to remember his smile," Melissa Brastow said of her son, between receiving hugs from friends. "We were very close. He was my baby."
Brastow was credited with being the player who brought the team together both on the ice and off. He created friendships with all players and it showed on Saturday night, said Jim Beauregard, who coached Brastow since he was 10.
"The one thing that is pretty cool is everyone he has ever played with is here tonight," Beauregard said.
Giving back to the community by sponsoring an Attleboro High School hockey player and providing scholarships in her son's memory help the entire family, Brastow said.
"This makes them feel closer to Myles," she said. "He loved hockey; it was his passion."
The past two months have been surreal for Kelly Jung, Myles' girlfriend. "When I think about it, it seems like I have to remind myslef that it really did happen."
The fatal early-morning motorcyle collision that killed Brastow is not what the family wants to think about or discuss. Instead, they want to remember his smile, his laugh and the way he always joked around to make people laugh.
"He was the center of attention all of the time," Jung said. "He was also the type of person who would take the shirt off his own back for other people."
The hockey mom, who supported her son from the time he began playing at age 9 until he was 16, had a few words of advice for parents:"Tell them you love them, every day. I did."