There's a sense of emptiness at the Legacy Estates today. Many residents still coming to terms with the loss of William Blue, his body found in a pond at the community.
Dave Kutsch quietly finishes his cup of coffee with an empty chair beside him. It's the chair where one of his best friends would sit, 86-year-old William Blue.
"He's just the most friendly, warm-hearted guys you'd ever want to meet. Just a great guy and we all miss him already," Kutsch said.
Blue, or as he was known at the Legacy Estates, "Judge Blue," was found dead Monday morning, partially submerged in a pond at the retirement community.
"It was just a tragic shock to all of us to find that he was gone the next morning when we were at breakfast," Kutsch said.
Kutsch says the retired Lancaster County District Judge made it a point to be everyone's friend.
"Bill Blue knew them all and knew what they were about."
Like any friends, Kutsch and Blue had their differences, politics in this case. Even then, Kutsch says they kept it friendly.
"In fact I still owe him $10 from the last election! I'll have to add that to my memorial gift," Kutsch said.
Laughs aside, Kutsch says the empty chair will always remind him of a man he'll never forget.
"It's hard to put into words what an impact he made, but he's just one of those rare, irreplaceable people that we will miss profoundly, but it was a privilege to have known him."
Blue's family says when he wasn't at the Legacy Estates, he spent his time volunteering at both CEDARS and the Matt Talbot Kitchen. A service and celebration of his life is scheduled for this Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.
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