Requiem For A Bright Star: R.I.P. Lorenzo Paige, aka “Putt”.



This is my friend Lorenzo Paige, aka “Putt”. He and I went to Scott Montgomery Elementary School, Shaw Junior High School and Dunbar Senior High School together back in the 1980s and 1990s,  all in the Shaw neighborhood of NW DC. When we were all growing up together around the way, Putt was the boy who stuck up for me when the other kids teased me for being short, skinny and “nerdy”. He claimed me as “Lil’ Sis”. He always looked out for me. I can remember how he’d always have a hug and a kind word and bright smile on his face. He was one of the smartest kids in school and easy going. He was everybody’s friend. We were in marching band together and even took a class together in high school. When my class had our 10 year reunion in 2001, Putt was the photographer for our event. This picture is how Putt showed up for his 20th High School reunion last year. Everybody thought it was HILARIOUS! He came in loud, partying hard and got everything started. Bright and happy…the life of the party as usual.

Nobody knew he had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer until he told us all via Facebook. He went on to document his illness and treatment through Facebook notes to all of us that knew and loved him. He recounted everything his doctors said, how the meds made him feel and even the complications and the fact that the cancer had metastasized. While we prayed for him, he prayed for us. Putt wrote this in a note on March 16 after a particularly grueling chemo session:

Thank you all again for your prayers and words of inspiration. I really do appreciate them. I pray for you all also and the problems that you are going through because we all have some type of problem.

Putt died this morning. I’m am crying over the loss of my friend right now. I’m crying hard. One of the brightest lights of my childhood went out today and it hurts so much more than I thought it would. I’m so sad, but I’m so glad I got to party with him that last time at his class reunion. I’m glad that I got to know him in my lifetime. I consider it an honor.  He was one of the smartest and caring people I’ve known in my life. I’m going to miss him. Condolences to his entire family and to the neighborhood and school family as well.  Godspeed to his spirit as he leaves behind the pain and enters into everlasting spiritual peace.




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  • Devessel

    beautifully written, luv.

  • Lexy

    I am sorry for your loss. I was never good with situations like this but I can understand the hurt of losing someone that close to you. You know as always I am around if you ever wanna talk. This tribute was beautifully written and it came from the heart and that is what makes it so special. *hug* I am proud of you for doing this as I am sure he is as well.

  • laughing808

    my condolences to you, his family and other friends………

  • Tiffany

    I’m so sorry for your loss, pbg…you and his family/friends have my deepest condolences…

  • Tammy

    I’m sorry to hear of your friend’s transition. From your words, I can tell he was a great person. I will keep his loved ones lifted in prayer.

  • Biglilkim

    Beautifully written hon…I cried reading it, glad you decided to share this story of your lovely friend. I will keep you and his family in my prayers. I can’t imagine how you might be feeling right now.

    Love ya,

  • I Am Your People

    This is such a beautiful tribute. I’m so sorry for your loss

  • coffie03

    Wow, someone told me about your tribute and I had to check it out. THat was really nice. Putt is my second cousin but more like a 1st cousin. He will be missed so much-if you didn’t make it today to the services, it was really a nice celebration. Everyone spoke very highly of him and I really came to see how he impacted so many lives-he was more than just my funny cousin and I’m sorry I had to realize that after he was gone. Nevertheless, he knew I loved him and I was glad I was able to be there with him during his final days-he was a sweetheart and a comedian up until he passed-we miss him already

  • Jerome Williams

    That was beautifully written. Putt is my cousin, and I still can’t get over the fact that he is gone. What a testament this is, as well as all of the other kind words that friends have expressed, to the type of man he was. He left an indelible mark on everyone who was blessed to have known him. I will surely miss him, but thank God for memories because he won’t be forgotten.

  • Iris

    I am Putt’s aunt Iris, and I want to thank you for being his friend. Your testimony is awesome. It made me shed tears. Putt was God’s greatest gift to us, and he impacted our lives in a way that we will never ever forget him. During Putt’s illness and during our talks, I would tell him how much I love him (and he would say I love you more) and how I miss his laughter and joking. He was not the same Putt I knew which made it so difficult to bear. But now, it is no question in my mind he is in heaven being Putt again. He brought so much joy and love to his family and friends that we’ll always cherish his memories.

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