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  1. Hello everyone, I'm Monica and I'm a friend of Cliff's family. My best friend is Cliff's youngest sister. I never had the pleasure of meeting Cliff because he already left Staten Island before Brandie and I met. However, I feel like I did manage to get to know him through all the stories I heard and the posts I read on here. He truly seemed like such a unique and unforgettable person. From my understanding, Cliff seems like one of the few people you come across in life that consistently leaves an impact on those around him. And from an argumentative point of view, it sounds like he would have made one hell of a lawyer. However, after listening to stories from my best friend I also gather that he was a versatile individual who was quick witted and had a big heart. What happened here was nothing short of a tragedy as well as a painfully devastating loss of talent and potential. One of the things I admire most about my best friends family is their marked intelligence and I can see that Cliff was no exception. Although I fall in the shadows of experiencing this loss, I have to say that Cliff's style of life is inspiring. As a person who has lived on this island all her life with how repetitive and mundane it can be, hearing about Cliff's biography reiterates to me that there is a big world out there full of so many diverse experiences and that the only thing that limits us is ourselves. And as Brandie so eloquently put it, life is too short for putting things off for later. My thoughts and condolences go out to first and foremost his family but also to all of the other people whose lives he has touched. Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. -David Searls