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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 is that of the man who must aim his rifle at enemies within, marching silently in the sleepless nights without the aid of evicted allies now revealed as adversaries.

The greatest courage is that of the man who fights an army he knows will never surrender, that will reappear and challenge his will every nightfall.

The greatest courage is that of the man who 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 is that of the man whose unbreakable loyalty is towards the voices who praise his beauty, creativity, and compassion for his beleaguered brothers and sisters, as they honor their pact to defeat their common foe, one day at a time.

The greatest courage is that of the man who cannot take aim against an enemy before him, but must have vigilant eyes on an ever present interloper feeding on any remaining darkness lurking within.

The greatest courage is that of the man who 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.