Monday, February 17, 2014

"If you don't eat your pancakes, they'll eat you." Ryan Fitzpatrick

This is a tribute to my friend Ryan. He suddenly  passed away last week. It's funny, I didn't know Ryan and his wife Tilney for more then 2 years(?) but when I met them at a Buy Local event at MSOE ( they were my neighbors that day) we became fast friends. I remember  that was the highlight of my day, laughing and talking with them while time passed. I guess when people come into your life it doesn't really matter  for "how long" it's how much they touched your heart that matters most. I am deeply saddened and still a bit in shock. Ryan was a guy that  always ALWAYS made me laugh, a quick wit, creative, and a gentle and kind soul...... he will be greatly missed. 

This is such a good reminder.......
“As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.” -Unknown

All images are copyrighted under Man vs George and Stephanie Bartz Photography. 


  1. Sorry for your loss, Stef. And thank you for sharing this great quote. Hugs.

  2. A lovely tribute to Ryan. Thanks Stephanie, you are such a beautiful person too.

  3. I agree with Jean: lovely tribute from an equally lovely person....very well said, Stephanie.

  4. Ryan's story is one that makes you stop and be still. What a powerful thing to touch the hearts of people who have never even met create a moment of pause in people's lives through a photo and a dedication to someone who has made a difference in your life .. Ryan sounds amazing... Thank you for sharing his story. .. Lori

  5. Stef, thank you for this beautiful tribute. Ryan so enjoyed getting to know you and working with you (as do I!).