2013-09-05 / Obituaries

Collin Robert McDonough

Collin Robert McDonough was born on July 15, 1988 in Merced and went to be with Jesus on Aug. 28, 2013 at the age of 25.

Addicted to prescription drugs for many years, the good Lord finally decided it was time to take away the pain and bring Collin home. Though the drugs left a path of pain and destruction, they could never take away Collin’s beautiful spirit and the funny, caring person he was. Collin will forever be remembered and loved.

He leaves behind his father, Mike McDonough of Mariposa, mother and stepfather, Jackie and Cary Griffith of Hornitos; brother Richard McDonough of South Carolina; grandparents Colene and Robert Mc- Donough of Fresno; grandmother Faye Moore of Merced, and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

A visitation will be at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced on Friday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. with interment to follow at Merced District Cemetery.

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I will never forget the

I will never forget the memories of junior high. Colin was always making jokes and fun to be around. Forever in my heart. Rest in peace friend.

I met Colin in 7th grade

I met Colin in 7th grade middle school. We graduated together from high school in June 2006. Every now and then we would chat on face book. My heart aches for the family and I send them my love and prayers. But while I am over here mourning his loss, I have to ask, was it in all honesty, necessary to post how he passed away. I mean really? We are all over here grieving, and you go and do this. I'm sorry but in my humble opinion it was uncalled for.

Hi Grace, I just saw your

Hi Grace, I just saw your comments here this very day, nearly 3 years after my sweet Collin went to be with the Lord. I know I have no obligation to respond to your comments, but for some reason I feel the need to do so. And I totally understand how you might feel the way you did about the way Collin's obituary was written and you are entitled to your feelings. You may not know it, but I had been down in the trenches with my son for 7 long years. I tried everything within my power to help my son release himself from the clutches of the drugs and prescription medications that has taken over the lives of so many of our youth these days. Drugs ruined my sons life and ultimately took his life. Collin had many friends that were also addicted (maybe you are one of them) and who came to his memorial. I knew they would come and I wanted them to face the truth as to why Collin died. I truly wanted it in their face because they all go around lying and being deceptive and manipulating people and circumstances. I was so sick of the lies and the pretense I felt I had to be truthful. Believe it or not, it took courage for me to be honest. It was certainly not easy, but I felt it was necessary .... for the sake of those who took the time to attend my son's memorial. I never pretended my son was NOT addicted to drugs and I didn't want to start then. In my mind how could I pretend anything other than what was the truth. Maybe you can understand that unless you are in my shoes you might not understand and that's ok. I apologize if you were offended by my words, but there were many others who appreciated my honesty. Thank you for your comments Grace. I really do appreciate what you said because your words are raw and real. And I respect that you have your own thoughts and feelings as you are absolutely entitled. I have not walked in your shoes. So I cannot judge. Good day sweetie...

Did you know him?

Did you know him?

This is very beautifully

This is very beautifully done. God bless Collin and those who will miss him.

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