Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A open letter to a grieving family

By Paul Dailey

*Editor’s note: The following is an email from Paul Daily to the Davis aquatics family following the death of Tre Moynihan.

The Davis aquatic community suffered a terrible loss.

A member of both the Davis Aquamonsters and Davis Water Polo, 20-year-old Tre Moynihan, passed away Monday morning.

Tre Moynihan was a beloved member of the entire aquatic community in Davis. From the Aquamonsters to water polo, he positively impacted the lives of all that he encountered. Tre’s quiet but thoughtful demeanor gave a greater meaning to each word that he spoke, whether he was telling the punch line of a joke, or communicating with a teammate during a game or practice.

I had the honor to swim and play water polo with Tre throughout his entire time here in Davis. I could not have asked for a better teammate and friend. He was always the first to pick me up after a loss, and the first to join in celebration after a win.

Even during difficult practices, or after tough losses, Tre’s smile and laugh were contagious. With just a well-placed quizzical facial expression, Tre could make me break out in laughter at any time (often leading to a bit of anger from my coach — oh, well). In the same manner, a single, determined word from Tre in the middle of a game was enough to inspire me more than anyone else ever could. The power that Tre held because of his silent approach to life opened my eyes to the meaning of “actions speak louder than words.”

Although Tre was not always extremely vocal about his desire to succeed, one only had to look to his behavior at practice and at competitions to realize that he had a fierce competitive side that only came out when appropriate. I was blessed to be a part of countless swim relays that would come down to Tre, our anchor swimmer, pulling even with an opponent and beating him out on the home stretch. Such a great athlete would be expected to have moments of overconfidence and pride, but Tre was anything but arrogant. He was unbelievably humble and never once boasted.

Not only was Tre an incredibly gifted athlete, with numerous CIF Sac-Joaquin Section finals appearances in swimming and water polo, but he also excelled in the classroom. His modesty was unparalleled, as he never said a word about the fact that he constantly received the highest grades in class, but simply returned to study with dedication that inspired me to try harder throughout my high school career.

Tre embodies everything that we strive for on the Aquamonsters and water polo. He had a fantastic work ethic, a strong desire to learn and improve, and respected everyone that he met. Even though you may never have met him or only knew him in passing, Tre’s incredible attitude towards life has spread to your children.  I say with complete and total confidence that I would not be the person I am today without Tre’s friendship and the impact he had on my life, and I hope to pass along his character to all those that I coach.

Tre passed away far too soon, but we are all incredibly blessed and fortunate that he was, and always will be, a part of Davis water polo and Aquamonsters.  Please join me in keeping Tre, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.



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