For the 2nd time in less than 3 weeks, Westport has been rocked by the death of a middle school girl.
Kate Reardon collapsed yesterday at Bedford Middle School, and died of an apparent brain aneurysm.
On August 17, Coleytown rising 7th grader Tess Meisel was killed in van accident in Maine.
A Facebook tribute page — R.I.P. Kate Reardon — is filled with tributes to the girl who performed in many Bedford shows.
Friends remembered Kate’s “big smile and gorgeous curly hair.” They noted how she greeted everyone in the halls; how she brightened everyone’s day; how her energy radiated to those around her.
“You were always there when anyone needed a helping hand, or just a good laugh,” an older girl who knew her wrote. “You could always put a smile on my face, especially with your awesome hugs!”
Just after noon today, some wrote: “Can everyone please wear blue to school on Tuesday? It was Kate’s favorite color and we all want to celebrate the memories that we had with her.”
Bedford will no doubt be filled with blue on Tuesday — the color, and the emotion.
Middle schoolers there and at Coleytown will begin the school year missing friends, classmates, lively girls with limitless futures whose lives were cut short far too early.
And for days to come, parents throughout town will hug their children a little more tightly, whenever they’re near.