The speech that 18 year old Spenser Tarentino gave at his father’s funeral today will leave you speechless. I dare you to sit through all 4:24 of this and not bawl your eyes off:
That was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Jesus H. Christ, the strength it must’ve taken to do that. I didn’t think he was gonna make it after the first 15 seconds, but he did. I’ve seen people speak at their loved ones funerals before, but I’ve never seen someone keep their composure like that, even though it was clear he was fighting it the entire time. And his brother to his right stood there the whole time, with a straight face, honoring his Dad, as his older brother comforted him and helped him through the speech.
Wow. Just wow. And the content of the speech too. Safe to say that this is the line that everyone will remember from it:
You said it all kid. They don’t get enough respect. I’m sure Ron Tarentino came home from work frustrated plenty of times before. I’m sure his wife got an earful from time to time, like any other spouse whose significant gets frustrated at work. But it didn’t stop him from putting on the uniform and chugging away, because it was his calling.
But seriously, the moment at the end when he finishes the speech and they walk off the stage and he hugs his Mom. Powerful stuff right there. I’m sorry that this had to happen to their family and I wish I never heard this speech, but I know I’ll never forget it. If there’s anything Turtleboy can EVER do for the Tarentino family down the road, please don’t be afraid to reach out to us. If you’re doing a fundraiser or something like that in his memory six months from now, let us know and we’ll promote it.
God bless this family.
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