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Goodbye, Jason….


Dear Friends and Patriots,

Jason Shields is gone. Our friend has passed away…

THANK YOU to all, for your love & friendship as Jason bravely faced his cancer. Such courage…  We all prayed for a miracle in September 2010 – and Jason got one.  Doctors said maybe 6 months – but God said 3 years to the month.

Jason Shields will never ever suffer again. He is with our Lord…

But I will always miss that presence. What a FRIEND. A TRUE friend.

Jason was by our side at the first 9/12 meeting, on March 13th 2009. He showed up because he was a loyal friend. He kept asking Doug and me, “Who is Glenn Beck?” and “What is all this, and why are you gathering?” Our friend asked many questions over the next few months, ultimately got better informed, and became actively engaged supporting our 2nd Amendment rights, standing up with us to infractions against our civil liberties as Americans. Jason Shields placed his “money where his mouth is”, donating without reservation in time, money, lending resources, and connecting contacts.

Why? Because Jason came to believe in the importance of standing up for our values and our principles – for the proud heritage of our nation’s Constitution.

Jason was quick to support a good candidate – regardless of party affilation, as long as they stood on principle and shared his belief in American exceptionalism. Jason was regularly seen at county commission meetings speaking out on an issue, or on a street corner with a sign rallying support for a candidate or a cause. He was, of course, the tireless fundraiser for our proud group…

For many people, Jason WAS the face of the 50/50 drawing at each South Florida 9/12 meeting – and honestly, the 50/50 fundraiser evolved out of a need he identified, and took proud ownership of, to help perpetuate this grassroots movement we believe in.

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A PERSONAL MOMENT: A few weeks ago, I sat at Jason’s bedside for a few hours alone, to keep him company so his wife could go out with Shannon for a couple hours. Jason slept most of the day and night recently – but on this night, our friend actually awoke and was largely coherent (though weak). And so we talked bedside – for about ten minutes. I thanked him for being such a good friend, and for always “fighting the good fight” beside us in 9/12… and even when I “couldn’t” be there, he was always there beside Shannon and our friends to help. He smiled wearily and said, “Awww, thanks, man.”

I told him a time will come again, when we rally together for the next fight for our beliefs – and we will name an award in his honor, for others who volunteer tirelessly like he did in 9/12. Jason shifted onto his back, his eyes glazed over looking upward, and he quietly stated, “I want a line.”

I said, “What line?” Jason slowly pointed his finger outward – gesturing like a pen, writing, and said, “I want a line… that SAYS ‘9/12’ on my thing. On my thing, when I’m gone…” I couldn’t speak…. I still can’t. I cannot articulate what it was like to hear that. My eyes held back a sudden flood of warm tears, as my noble friend drifted back to sleep…

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So, I say “THANK YOU”, Jason. You touched so many people during your life. The years you volunteered for the South Florida 9/12 and our local conservative movement DID make a difference. You put smiles on so many of our faces; you made newcomers feel welcome, you made them want to come back. Friends were made to feel like family. Jason was that friend, that BROTHER, who was loyal… he had your back… someone ready to march into the line of fire, if need be, to defend something or someone bigger than himself.

Jason Shields lived his life socially, as he did professionally – giving his all, 100% of him, with every endeavor he attempted. And yes, he did it LOUDLY. (I’m laughing as I write that… “LOUDLY”.) But as present American society seems to be blanketed with media reporting that is increasingly cautious, tested by focus groups, and “politically correct”… it was refreshing (if not occasionally embarrassing!) to have a clear leader at our side who was so unflinchingly honest and courageously outspoken. You always got a frank assessment of where Jason stood on an issue or idea. One of his greatest
traits was actually TWO-FOLD: 1- For every ***IDEA*** that Jason suggested to our South Florida 9/12 leadership meetings, came 2- an unimpeachable ***WORK ETHIC*** that was self-accountable, with Jason reliably working hard to personally see his ideas or commitments through to completion.

The ordeal of cancer has finally come to an end. Our friend beat the odds long enough to help many candidates, causes, friends, and especially his supportive family: his wife Candi, and their children Kayce and Sean. Incredibly, while fighting tirelessly to defend the America he wanted to leave to his children one day – Jason never missed a single moment to be a doting, loving, instructive father and mentor while he was WITH his children. With every breath of his life, Jason lived it to the fullest – and he leaves a deep, patriotic, CHRISTIAN, and meaningful legacy behind for his family AND his community.

I think we must be mindful to give the glory to God, for his faithfulness to Jason and his loved ones during this troubling end journey. His recent suffering and discomfort became more than even this mighty warrior could handle – and Saturday he was HEALED… healed by the Great Physician, saved by his Lord and Saviour. The pain – for Jason – is over now. I personally have a true sense of peace for Jason now – as a like-minded Christian, I know he is better off now than he was yesterday.

But I miss him so much. The reality hasn’t set in yet. Our dear friend, our bigger-than-life Irish and especially AMERICAN companion, is really gone – and I just feel my heart breaking inside. I miss my friend tonight. I really, really do…

Goodbye, Jason

Love, ALWAYS,
Douglas & Shannon Armstrong

Comments

10 Responses to “Goodbye, Jason….”
  1. Doug … thank you for for finding the words to say what was in our hearts

    • Lynne says:

      Dougie,
      So proud of you for the wonderful remembrance, my eyes are full of tears! Jason is a remarkable soul with our Father in Heaven. We have had the privilege of knowing him, you in a most special way and as dear, close friend! You are really blessed and so was Jason to have you!
      Love you,
      Lynne

  2. Susan Foley says:

    He is loved by many and knew he was loved by His Lord. What a life!

  3. Archie Paul says:

    What a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. May GOD continue to Bless his family.

  4. melissa Melissa Nash says:

    WOW! What a blessing it was to have so many 9/12er’s get to know him. I don’t remember him from the FIRST meeting, but I sure remember him at every one since. I especially loved our Friday sign waving on 441 when he would come with Candy & the kids. He said – “Tami needs us… and we’re coming!”

    Jason will live on; in all our hearts and minds. And in Jason SPIRIT, may we never QUIT fighting the good fight! Thank you for your touching story.

  5. Joe Budd Joe Budd says:

    What a great tribute Doug. Jason always put a big smile on my face with his “boisterous convictions” as you said, straight forward from his big heart. He will be missed by many.

    Sherry and I always enjoyed the time we spent with him, Candi and family. We have some great pictures from the “Budd Bowl’ that we will post.

  6. Donna Bury Borges says:

    Great Tribute and you said it right. Ever since we were growing up together, he has the one to take charge, and he will always be in our hearts. We Love you Jason. There will always be that special place in my heart for you. God Bless You All

  7. Coleen Frankiewicz says:

    Way to Griswold…you made me cry. 🙁

  8. EdFulop EdFulop says:

    Can’t say it any better Doug, but I wanted to add this poem/lyrics

    Lay down
    Your sweet and weary head
    Night is falling
    You have come to journey’s end
    Sleep now
    And dream of the ones who came before
    They are calling
    From across the distant shore

    Why do you weep?
    What are these tears upon your face?
    Soon you will see
    All of your fears will pass away
    Safe in my arms
    You’re only sleeping

    What can you see
    On the horizon?
    Why do the white gulls call?
    Across the sea
    A pale moon rises
    The ships have come to carry you home
    And all will turn
    To silver glass
    A light on the water
    All souls pass

    Hope fades
    Into the world of night
    Through shadows falling
    Out of memory and time
    Don’t say:
    “We have come now to the end”
    White shores are calling
    You and I will meet again

    And you’ll be here in my arms
    Just sleeping
    What can you see
    On the horizon?
    Why do the white gulls call?
    Across the sea
    A pale moon rises
    The ships have come to carry you home
    And all will turn
    To silver glass
    A light on the water
    Grey ships pass
    Into the West

    Into the West, by Annie Lennox, from Lord of the Rings – Return of the King

  9. yorkiemum Victoria Thiel says:

    That is a beautiful tribute and well deserved. Jason was an inspiration and beacon of courage and service to a just cause. He was an amazing, cheerful and dedicated man. My heart goes out to his wife and family. May their pain be short and may they be supported and comforted by their friends, loved ones and the cherished memories of a special man.

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