Christy Gaitten, RIP

My pal Christy Gaitten (seen here on her wedding day in 2000, from a snap Krissy took) passed away yesterday. I don’t think she would want me to get too mushy or overlong in a public remembrance — she definitely edged toward the “sarcastic quip” side of things — so let me just say that she was one of a small group of friends who Krissy and I fell in with when we lived in Northern Virginia, and with whom we shared innumerable good times and good conversations, enough so that I dedicated a book to her and those other friends in commemoration of those days. “Gait,” as she was universally called, was a friend who would tell you what she thought when she thought you needed to hear it, and you always knew where you stood with her. These were very good things. She was also funny as hell, which was a nice bonus.

I have more thoughts, all good, but I will keep them to myself for now. Again, she wouldn’t want me to go on and on. Just know I’m glad I got to share some time with her in this world.

Much love to Christy’s husband Cian, their children Jacob and Maggie, and all their family and friends, the latter of whom there were many. We were lucky to know her, and her memory will be treasured.

— JS

15 Comments on “Christy Gaitten, RIP”

  1. Condolences to you and your family, those who knew and loved Gait.

  2. Thank you for remembering her for us. All of us deserve friends like you.

  3. I am sorry for your loss and hope you and her family are sustained the memories of “Gait”.

  4. Sorry to hear this. I hope you & Krissy can share some good memories of your friend to celebrate her life.

  5. I was blessed to spend time with that group of friends from the 90’s onward. Her early success was a great influence on me, along with John A, Cian, Brooke to name a few. Opening the cabinet to grab a coffee mug this morning, I saw their Wedding glass from 2000 (removed eyeglasses).

    What I wouldn’t do for all of us to all be together again. I still dream of it often and that can never be taken away. Take care.

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