To the Editor:

The Garten family would like to thank everyone for your kind expression of sympathy during this difficult time.

Our son, Andrew, passed away peacefully Jan. 15, surrounded by his loving family. The death of a child is an unbearable sorrow no parent should have to endure.

We are heartbroken that our time with Andrew was so brief. Knowing how much he was loved has helped ease some of the pain.

He was a very special boy who touched the hearts of many in his short time. He brought joy to all those around him.

Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sent a floral arrangement if so we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words a friend could say.

Perhaps you cooked a meal and dropped it at our door. Perhaps you made a donation in memory of our sweet boy. Whatever you did to console our hearts, please know we will forever be grateful.

The enormous amount of love, support, and condolence we have received from this community has been most humbling.

We will forever cherish our time with Andrew. He will forever be in our hearts.

Thank you.

Michelle, Paul

and Anthony Garten

New Milford