Clay Dubberly, Editor in Chief
One of Shenandoah University’s own, Troy Alexander English, died on March 10 as a result of a motorcycle accident at the intersection of West End Boulevard in Port Republic and Solomons Island Road South.
Troy English, an exercise science major and football player whose presence made Shenandoah University a better place, was laid to rest on March 17 at 11 a.m. He was 20.
Those he was familiar with spoke of him fondly: Anna Ruth Lopynski, a sophomore business major, remembered English as “hilarious and insightful, gentle and tough, sweet and sly. Most of all, though, I will remember Troy as selfless.”
“I can recall many memories where I would complain about something trivial like being cold and Troy would either chime in with a remark about how I should wear a jacket next time or, more often, he would offer his own,” Lopynski reminisced.
“I want to say that the world will be a duller, darker place now without his presence and infectious happiness. However, I refuse to accept this to be true. Instead, I would like to believe that the spark that Troy carried also exists within each of us. And that we, though right now may feel more dark than light, can shine just like Troy did. Rest in peace brother,” she said.
President Tracy Fitzsimmons released a statement on his death last week, saying it was clear “Troy was loved, that Troy was a valued friend, and that Troy will be missed.”
Victoria Mae Wilcox, a freshman history major, said Troy was “someone who could light up a room with his smile and make anyone feel welcomed because he was so friendly.”
On March 14, a gathering to remember Troy was held in Goodson Chapel, and SU highlighted the availability for its counseling services during the week following, noting the hours the counseling center is available and appropriate contacts.
Reverend Justin Allen, Shenandoah University’s spiritual leader, addressed Troy’s passing, saying, “Wherever we gather, I know there will be tears, but I also hope the stories that we share about Troy will include laughter and smiles.”
Photo from @WittFlair “RIP Troy” twitter page