Preston "Jay" Fairlamb Jr. touched the lives of many, not only locally, but nationally.
The who earlier this month was to be buried this week after visitation at the in Butler Tuesday. Fairlamb's wife, Kathleen, was also injured in the crash in which she was the passenger on the motorcycle Fairlamb was driving.
Tri-Boro Patch readers in attendance of the service commented on articles and our Facebook page that First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance at the service.
"The First Lady was there to personally extend the condolences of the President, herself and their family," Richard Dean said.
Even before Tuesday, Fairlamb's family received condolences from national figures. According to The Huffington Post, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who had met Fairlamb last year at an event for Rolling Thunder, which he was a part of, had written about Fairlamb on her Facebook page on behalf of her and her husband, Todd, Friday. She wrote:
"We were both sad to learn that Preston 'Jay' Fairlamb, Jr., one of the organizers of Rolling Thunder and someone who made us so welcome last year, tragically died in an accident last week. Jay was a Vietnam vet, a retired New Jersey State Trooper, and a great American who will be dearly missed. Please keep his wife, his children, grandchildren and his innumerable friends in your prayers."
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