The fruit of faith should be evident in our lives, for being a Christian is more than making sound professions of faith. It should reveal itself in practical and visible ways. (St. Ignatius of Antioch)
My husband, Tom, spent the better part of the last 15 years or so coaching boys basketball. This will be the first year he hasn’t done that since my college senior, Nick and his old friend, Grant Buntin, were in I think the 2nd grade. During many of those years, he did that coaching alongside a good-natured guy named Eric Buntin. Those two men had almost as much fun as the boys they coached, I think! Eric’s oldest went all through St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School with Nick. Grant will graduate from Butler soon while Nick is finishing up at rival school, Xavier University in Cincinnati. Both those young men have bright futures ahead, in part because of the love and support they received from their dads as they grew up. Eric’s youngest is a stunningly beautiful and friendly daughter named Shannon. She’s a senior at Guerin Catholic High School this year. Eric is pictured above with his wife, Kerin.
Eric was an athlete in college and is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and he hails from my hometown of Lafayette, Indiana. He’s a very bright guy with a warm smile who is an incredibly supportive dad to Grant and Shannon– rarely has he ever missed one of their events over the years. Witty, friendly and kind, Eric is easy to be around. He truly is an integrity filled man who has made a visible difference in the community over the years whether it be as a leader of young men in the CYO sports program or with the consistent participation and presence at his parish, among many other worthy endeavors.
It’s been a few years now since we have seen Eric on a regular basis, but since his birthday was this week (yesterday, actually) I wanted to take a moment to give him a little shout out and let him know that we have always known him to be a character guy and to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ERIC! Hopefully you believe in the “festival” approach to birthdays like me and you won’t consider me late at all with the love! Here’s hoping your life was celebrated in a big way, Eric, because it’s certainly one worth cheering!!
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” –John Wooden