Yesterday was the birthday of Jaron Taaffe, a close friend of ours who passed away in 2007. He was a classmate in Villanova University’s first cohort MBA, and he played an instrumental role in convincing us to start Symmetry Capital. An excerpt from a tribute written by Jaron’s older brother Damon follows below. At his memorial service, Damon implored all of us to remember Jaron by making December 7th “Do Something Good” day. It’s a great way to remember him, but to truly emulate him, we try to do good things year round. We miss you JT.
When I remember my younger brother Jaron, I remember the fearless novice on the ski slope, always looking for the steepest cliff from which to fling himself. Then, careening wildly down the mountain as he tried to keep upright, before joyously tumbling into an explosion of loose powder and ski poles.
I remember the collegiate football kicker who made an ESPN-worthy one-on-one flying tackle to prevent a return for a touchdown; and the kid against whom I used to play soccer in the yard in six inches of snow. I wear a jersey dedicated to him to remind me, and anyone who asks, of how precious and precarious life can be, and of the importance of living each moment to its utmost…
Jaron was more full of life than anyone I’ve ever known.