Special tribute to fan of column, show and store

First and foremost, this column is always supposed to be about music. I fully intended to tell you about our trip to Oregon to watch my daughter graduate from college, and the musical experiences we had on our trip. Those stories will have to wait for another time.

My wife Kenda and I left Grand Junction on June 5 and I had planned to put a hold on our Daily Sentinel subscription so as not to clutter up the driveway. But I didn’t make the call, and when we returned on Saturday, June 18 my son Matt had all of the newspapers stacked in order on a table.

On Monday morning, I went through the stack of newspapers. The first one I picked up was the Tuesday, June 14 edition because of the picture of the flooding Colorado River on the cover.

Usually, I will just glance through outdated newspapers, but for some reason, I decided to read this one through. When I got to the obituary page, one of them stopped me cold. Lisa Ondo was her name, and she passed away on June 8, at 48 years young. Sadly, I didn’t find out until June 20.

Lisa was a devoted daughter, mother and grandmother. She was also a wonderful customer of Triple Play Records. She said it was her favorite store in town.

Lisa was also a huge supporter of Acoustic Sunday and this column. In fact, her obituary read, “She always said ‘Acoustic Sundays’ on Drive 105.3 were the best four hours on radio.” When I read that, it brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t get through it to read it to my wife.

In fact, there will be a special tribute for Lisa on this week’s Acoustic Sunday, the first chance I have had since we left on vacation.

Anytime Lisa would come in the store, she would always mention both the radio show and this column, and she had the kind of personality that would just light up the store. You can count yourself lucky in life to know one person with that kind of optimism. I have been blessed enough to know several.

Lisa was also one of the biggest supporters of the live music scene in the Grand Valley and had purchased tickets for Kevin Welch to go with her daughter and mother. In fact, this past Tuesday, Lisa’s daughter Ashley, granddaughter Bailey and mother Verda came by Triple Play, which gave me the opportunity to express my condolences to them. It was my first chance to meet Verda, and both of them will attend the Kevin Welch show.

When you have been in business as long as we have, you are going to lose customers for various reasons. We have had customer of all ages die, and for me, it is always very hard to take. Some are harder than others because of age and circumstance, and the different ways they touch your heart.

This community was a better place with Lisa Ondo in it, and she will be missed. She is part of a group of former customers and, more importantly, friends who are no longer with us, and who we will always remember.

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Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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