To the caring people of Arkport, Canaseraga, and Hornell:

Eric Buisch was our daughter’s husband. Elizabeth and Evan’s father. Rosalie and John Tobin’s son. Mark, Geoffrey, and Adrian’s brother. We have spent the better part of this week trying to understand the events that have changed our lives.

In the midst of all this hurt we have much to be thankful for. We are thankful for the immediate response by the police to Laura’s request for help and for the professional and caring way they led Laura and Rosalie, through this most hurtful day.

We are thankful for the shy handshakes, the hugs, the witnessing of a quiet, single teardrop finding its own path down the side of someone’s cheek, the e-mails, the cards; for the food and flowers that arrived from the communities of Arkport, Canaseraga, and Hornell, the gift of warmth and welcome from the Arkport Cafe when our grandchildren and several of their friends sought some relief from the stressful situation they found themselves in.

We are thankful for the entire body of people that make up the Arkport Central School District for their gifts of time and thoughtfulness.

We are thankful for Father Cullen’s comforting presence, his peaceful reassurance, and for the members of St. Ann’s Church who offered our families a place of sanctuary, reflection, and hope. We are thankful for the quiet and comforting manner the Bishop and Johnson Funeral Home provided our families

We are thankful to the students who rallied around Elizabeth and Evan. A truly amazing group of friends and fellow classmates who didn’t know what to do or what to expect in this first time life experience and yet wonderfully managed to get through the awkwardness and the unknown and do what teenagers do. Hug, talk, laugh, eat and forge even deeper bonds between themselves as they weathered this storm together.

Eric was a people person. We knew that about him. We didn’t realize, until Friday evening when people stood in line for hours to express their condolences to his family or filled St. Ann’s Church Saturday morning, just how widespread and how thankful people were for Eric’s gifts of friendship, caring, and concern. We are thankful for the prayers that surrounded, lifted, and empowered our families during this most trying of times and reminded us that faith, no matter the denomination, can lead and guide us toward recovery and forgiveness.

Our daughter married the man she loved. We could not have chosen a more wonderful man to marry our daughter. Eric was her best friend. Eric made her laugh. Eric loved Laura and his children, Elizabeth and Evan, beyond measure.

We can’t begin to repay your kindnesses, your generosity, your sensitivity, and the gifts from your hearts and tables. We will do our best to honor your intentions and gifts to us.

Sincerely,

Maureen and Allan Johnson

Laura, Elizabeth, and Evan Buisch

Rosalie and John Tobin

Mark, Geoffrey, and Adrian Buisch