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NameGary Steinhaus
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MessageI did not know Nick but I sure wish I had. Many years ago I made a most unusual trip as a guest on a US Navy gunboat from the Washington (DC) Navy Yard to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. When the USS Whirlwind passed south along the Potomac River and began to approach Mt. Vernon, Virginia, all possible Navy personnel and myself, stood along the starboard rail at attention facing our first President's estate. One of the Navy chiefs aboard saluted on behalf of all aboard. This ceremony is known as "Rendering Honors."

Every time I drive along SR 56 in either direction, between Camino del Sur and Black Mountain Road, I shut off my radio and Render Honors to Nick Venuto. I think about him and his family.

Inspired by Nick, during the last weeks I have done more with my bicycle than I have ever done and will continue to to do even more. I will never forget Nick Venuto, even though I did not have the chance to meet him.

Like many others there are no words that I can say or write that can truly express my feelings for the Venuto Family. I saw them all at the Ride/Walk. Someday I would like to meet them.

NameKristin Antons
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MessageDear Venuto Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Nick's passing. I went to school with Nick at USD. I remember him to be one of the nicest persons in our class. Please know that you are all in my prayers. Especially his wife & children. May God's love bring you comfort.

My deepest condolences,

Kristin Antons

NameWilliam Kyrouz
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MessagePlease know that Tony's friends and former colleagues at Bingham have the Venuto family in their thoughts and prayers. We are deeply sorry for your loss, and hope that the love of family and friends is providing comfort in this difficult time.

NameBrenda Wallach
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MessageDear Nick's family:
I want you to know that I think of him whenever I get on my bike; I started riding just around the time of the tragedy. I have his picture from the memorial on a book shelf in my house, it will remain there. My six year old daughter asked me who the man in the picture was, I said "my friend Nick" and hugged her. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

NameMaggie Conway
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MessageI saw the story of the memorial on the news Saturday night (7/9) and could not believe my eyes. (I worked with Nick at Graviton.) I am so sorry. How could this happen to such a fine young man? My heart goes out to the family at this terrible time. Please accept our condolences.

NameAnna Smart
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MessageOur Sunday Bible Study at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama has been praying for the recovery of Baron who was involved in the accident with Nick. Reggie Quimby is Baron's cousin & he goes to church with us & asked us all to pray for Baron. I just went to Nick's website & viewed the family photos of him & his beautiful wife, son & daughter. It appears to me that the 4 of them "lived" more during those years together than most people live in a lifetime. What a legacy to leave your family..."Love" for family & "TIME" lovingly spent with them! I know Nick will be missed by ALL of those who loved him but from the loving eyes of this young man, I truly believe that he is more alive than ever. A legacy of LOVE lives on indefinitely!
God Bless Nick & his precious family,
Anna & David Smart

NameGary J. Hawkins
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MessageWe attended Nick's Memorial Bike Ride and Walk yesterday; so many friends, family and fellow cyclists turned out to honor his memory.

Video footage we compiled of the event can be found at the video hosting website site Vimeo. Please search for Nick Venuto.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Namestephanie sykes and family
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Messagei did not know nick but we do know his father in law Frank who is our mechanic. our hearts and prayers go out to the venuto family.

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MessageI never knew Nick before I noticed the ghost bike memorial. After reading about him, I felt positive that if I did know him, we would have been good friends.

I'm glad to see so many people show up for the memorial ride this morning. What a great way to honor this guy.

NameLaura Wagner
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MessageDeb, I just wanted to let you know that Steve, Walter, Henry and I walked today in the memorial walk for Nick. What a wonderful turnout. We want you to know how much we love and care for you and Nicholas and Marissa. Our prayers are for you and the kids -- that the huge wholes in your hearts will be healed day by day by the comforting love of family and friends and especially by our Lord Jesus. We are so touched by how beautiful Nick's life was, how much he loved his family, and by your strength. We just want to support you in any way we can.

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