Brendan Lawrence Arata
23, of Havertown, died at home Saturday, December 9, 2017. Brendan had waged a fierce battle against addiction during the past 22 months. Brendan graduated from Haverford High in 2013 where he co-hosted a weekly radio show featuring alternative rock. Brendan was a drummer and pianist who pursued his music education at Blue Bond,in Philadelphia, where he was mentored by local rock performers such as John Faye. Most recently, Brendan was mentored by Artie Amici, a local accomplished drummer. After high school, Brendan took classes at the Community College of Philadelphia and performed with the doom metal band, Manananggal. Brendan is survived by his parents, Heather (nee Griggs) and Larry Arata, III, his sister, Shelby Arata, his grandmother, Patricia Griggs, aunts, Tracy Griggs, Beth Griggs and Christine Arata, uncles, Paul and David Arata and Robert Griggs, grandfather, Lawrence Arata, Jr., and cousins Nicole, Gianna, Ella and Jacob Arata and Kailey and Kristina Griggs and Michelle Moriarty.
“The Greatest Courage”
Written for Brendan by Larry Arata
The greatest courage must aim a rifle at enemies within, marching silently in the sleepless nights without the aid of evicted allies now revealed as adversaries.
The greatest courage cannot take aim against an enemy across a field, jungle or desert, but must have vigilant eyes on an ever present interloper feeding on any remaining darkness lurking within.
The greatest courage fights an army that will never surrender, and reappears every nightfall.
The greatest courage pledges “I will listen no more to the voices that tempt me, but will hear only the sunlight spoken in my soul.”
The greatest courage has unbreakable loyalty to beleaguered brothers and sisters, as they honor their pact to defeat their common foe, one day at a time.
The greatest courage does not heed what lies behind, or retreat from what lies ahead, but knows with certainty that these forces pale in comparison to the yet-undiscovered strength of what lies within.