Many prepare to remember the life of a Christ Presbyterian Academy graduate. Family members said 20-year old David Taaffe died while hiking in Switzerland last week.
"I want to remember him," Billy Taaffe, David's father, said. "I still can't believe he's not here."
Taaffe had gone to Spain to serve on a mission trip this summer. Taaffe said his son had finished his mission work and gone hiking in Alps. The plan was for Taaffe to meet his father in Ireland this week. But Tuesday, Billy Taaffe got a call his son was missing.
"Police showed me a path and it was a save path," Taaffe said. "But for some reason he took a detour. David we think, he was curious and he loved nature, and he wanted to have a look over the cliff and fell."
About the time David Taaffe's body was found, his words arrived in the mail back in the United States on a birthday postcard for his nephew. There some of Taaffe's last words, which his mom Pauline Taaffe treasures.
"I'm blessed," Pauline Taaffe said. "I have no regrets. He was the joy of our lives."
Pauline Taaffe said her son had a way of connecting with people, which was evident as many around the world paused to remember him.
"They've had a memorial service in Spain for him that was packed out," Taaffe said. "They've had a memorial service at Covenant College where he was going to be a junior."
A rising life cut short, that family member hope serves as an inspiration for others.
"I want people to love their children well," said Pauline Taaffe.
Billy Taaffe said, "He only had 20 years and in that time he did so much. We're asking people to pass it on and whatever Dave did for you, please do similar for someone else."
Family and friends will say their final goodbyes Monday at Christ Community Church in Franklin. Instead of flowers, the Taaffe's ask for donations to Reformed University Fellowship at Middle Tennessee State University.
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