Noah Pozner of Newtown: Eulogy for a much loved and missed little boy

One of the first eulogies of the Newtown shooting victims, courtesy of the Associated Press.

A message read at the funeral of 6-year-old Noah Pozner by his uncle Alexis Haller, of Woodinville, Wash.:

On Friday, Dec. 14, we tragically lost a most beloved member of our family. Noah was a 6-year-old little boy, and he was so dear to all of our hearts.

Words cannot express the unfathomable loss we feel.

Noah was a wonderful son and a loving brother. He was kind, caring, smart, funny, and sometimes even a little mischievous. He liked to tell his sisters that he worked in a taco factory; when they asked him how he got to work, he would give them a funny look as if to say he knew something that they didn’t.

Noah was a little kid. He loved animals, video games and Mario Brothers. He was already a very good reader, and had just bought a Ninjago book at a book fair that he was really excited about reading. He was also very excited about going to a birthday party he had been invited to. It was to take place on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Noah loved his family dearly, especially his mom, his dad, his big sisters Danielle and Sophia, his big brother Michael, and his dear twin Arielle. He called Arielle his best friend, and she was — and always had been.

If Noah had not been taken from us, he would have become a great man. He would been a wonderful husband and a loving father. He would have been a backbone of our family for years to come. His loss, and our loss, are deep indeed.

It is unspeakably tragic that none of us can bring Noah back. We would go to the ends of the Earth to do so, but none of us can.

What we can do is carry Noah within us, always. We can remember the joy he brought to us. We can hold his memory close to our hearts. We can treasure him forever. And all of us, including the family, the community, the country and the world, can honor Noah by loving each other and taking care of each other. That’s what Noah would have wanted.

Noah, we love you so much, we miss you dearly, and we will never, ever forget you.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

9 comments Add your comment

Pride and Joy

December 17th, 2012
5:08 pm

It must tear apart the heart of his twin sister. I cannot imagine losing your twin brother.

Mental Health experts to DC now

December 17th, 2012
6:04 pm

Sad situation. We cannot let the NRA block what needs to be done for our country. See the article at Psychology Today: “Mental Health Experts: After Sandy Hook, If Not Now, then When?” Please share with your social network pages, RT, etc.


December 17th, 2012
6:45 pm

Please Mental Health and others with an agenda……take a breath, allow the family, all of us and the entire country to mourn the losses of the little ones and the adults who tried to shield them from harm. Bow your heads, open your hearts and allow peace, kindness and love to fill you. We’ll soon be back to the partisanship and bickering but at least take a respite until all of them are buried.

Pride and Joy

December 17th, 2012
6:49 pm

Mental Health says it exactly right. NOW is the time for gun control. If we don’t do it now, we have no right to call ourselves civilized. We will not be worthy to call ourselves a democracy.


December 17th, 2012
7:46 pm

Prayers for all these families. They will need all of our support in years to come.

Mary Elizabeth

December 17th, 2012
10:34 pm

The eulogy that Noah’s mother delivered for her son was spiritually transcendent. Here is part of it.

“You were a little boy whose life force had all the gravitational pull of a celestial body. You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are all of us elevated in our humanity by having known you. A little maverick, who didn’t always want to do his schoolwork or clean up his toys, when practicing his ninja moves or Super Mario on the Wii seemed far more important.

Noah, you will not pass through this way again. I can only believe that you were planted on Earth to bloom in heaven. Take flight, my boy. Soar.”

Ron F

December 17th, 2012
11:27 pm

“And all of us, including the family, the community, the country and the world, can honor Noah by loving each other and taking care of each other. That’s what Noah would have wanted”

That speaks volumes that we all need to know and live by…

Rick in Grayson

December 18th, 2012
7:26 am

The NRA is not the problem here. Arms should not be in the possession of those that are unstable. Why were those arms not locked up properly?

Does it not seem that we have a problem with people that would be dangerous with a FORK in their hands? Why are so many mentally unstable people not properly supervised? We used to have “facilities” for people that needed “help”. Now they can roam our country randomly and anonymously.

Let get Congress to outlaw forks with a length of more than a quarter inch prong! Again, the gun is not the problem. The problem is with the person shooting the gun in these situations.

Someone of those here have a problem with “warehousing” these people for their “own” good or the good of others. The process of natural selection or survival of the fittest has not been allowed to function as it did during the millions of years that put humans at the top of the food chain. I am ok with that choice if everyone else is comfortable living with the consequences and additional burdens that it will continue to place on our society. Again the firearm used was a deadly choice and should not have been available, but those that seek to harm others can also made do with the fertilizer that we spread on our gardens.


December 18th, 2012
10:29 am

I pray that all the families affected by this tragedy will someday be able to find peace. If I could, I would gladly take some of their burden.

If anyone is interested in making a donation to help with funeral expenses of the victims, here is some information. This was an e-mail that I received in a list serve for media specialists. It came from a woman whose grandson was at the school but was unharmed. I have not checked out the United Way website but did call the bank to determine if the information was legitimate, and it is.

“United Way of Western CT has set up a fund to donate directly to families for funerals and to supply for the needs of the community. Here is the link to the United Way donation page

Check donations may be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

For questions about your check donation or donations within local Newtown Savings Bank branches, please call 800-461-0672.

God Bless everyone, and thank you to all who have expressed such concern for all at this time.”