PIERMONT - The solemn sound of bagpipes played as mourners, many of them for the second day in a row, gathered to share their grief and love for someone whose life suddenly ended in the waters of the Hudson River one week ago.
Many of the same people who attended Thursday's funeral of Hudson River boat crash victim Lindsey Stewart came out again Friday for Mark Lennon.
Lennon, who was to serve as the best man at Stewart's wedding, was eulogized at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont in a Mass held by Father George Torok.
The 30-year-old Pearl River native was killed in last Friday's horrific boating crash that also took the life of bride-to-be Stewart and injured her fiance, Brian Bond. The wedding was supposed to take place next weekend.
Friends say Lennon, who worked for a construction firm and as a bartender, was vivacious, loved adventure and the outdoors, and always had a big smile for everyone. "It's rough. A nice guy like this. Something should have never happened," says family friend John Ferris.
Lennon's family wants to repair a gazebo behind the church in his memory, while Father Torok wants to build a lighthouse for boaters, travelers and troubled souls
The driver of the speedboat, Jojo John, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter for his alleged role in the deaths of Lennon and Stewart.