Memorial Wednesday for Bryan Pineda Rosas
September 28, 2009
SUMMIT COUNTY – Always helpful, thoughtful, friendly, a problem-solver, kind, peaceful: Bryan Pineda Rosas, a 13-year-old Summit Middle School student who died of flu complications last week, will be remembered for all these things and more.
According to his father Javier Pineda, Bryan always had an easy-going, can-do attitude. He was a good student, did lots of community service work through the Boy Scouts and liked to lend a helping hand.
In his two years with the Boy Scouts, Bryan contributed more than 100 hours of community service, said Jennifer Pierson, the committee chairperson for Troop 188. He participated in a “barn-raising” at Swan Center Outreach, ice delivery for the Frisco and Dillon BBQ Challenges, various Color Guards in the community and almost 50 hours of tree planting.
“His fellow scouts all remembered him as a very hard worker,” Pierson said. “Bryan and his brother Javier were always the first back to work after lunch.”
Bryan was set to earn his First Class Scout rank, and the award will be presented to his parents at the Court of Honor on Oct. 11.
“His smile will be greatly missed,” said Bryan’s Scoutmaster T. A. Rosko.
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The eighth-grader also had a list of long-term goals – he wanted to join the Army, and if that didn’t work out he wanted to study in England.
“(Bryan) wanted to do a lot of great things,” Javier Pineda said. “He was really good with everyone – really focused on who he was, where his family is from. … He wanted to give back to his home country (Mexico) and go back with great ideas.”
When Bryan wasn’t in school or at Boy Scouts, he liked to skateboard and play soccer. He was also musical – his father said he played the violin and the viola. And he liked eating fruit, especially apples and peaches.
Bryan also enjoyed spending time with his older brother, 15-year-old Javier, his 3-year-old sister Angie, and his 3-month-old brother Edwin.
“He really loved those kids, his family,” father Javier Pineda said.
Bryan was also seen as a peacemaker – “He didn’t like fighting,” his father noted. “He was a great kid and a great friend in the school. I’m going to miss him a lot.”
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge will hold a fundraiser today for the Pineda Rosas family. In memory of Bryan, the Blue River Bistro is sponsoring an all day “Bistro Dine Out.”
The fundraiser will include a silent auction, donation drives throughout the day and the direct contribution of Bistro proceeds. The Blue River Bistro will donate all proceeds collected between 11 a.m. and midnight.
According to Blue River Bistro press release, Bryan’s father, Javier Pineda, was a long-time employee of the Blue River Bistro and “a contributing member of Summit County.”
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.