October 2011 issue of the Castle Pines Connection
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The Castle PinesCONNECTIONVolume 3, Number 10 The Voice of the Castle Pines Community October 2011“He was not just an Eagle Waste trash collector. He was part of our community. Everyone in this neighborhood knew him in some way, and he will truly be missed.”Neighbors, family and friends gathered in the Daniels Gate community to celebrate the life of service provider Brian Rojas. Rojas will be remembered as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.Community celebrates a life; mourns a lossArticle and photos by Kathy DunkerHe always had a smile for everyone; he never complained; he touched everyone’s lives around him. These were just a few of the tributes made by Ventana and Amber Ridge residents in mem- ory of Eagle Waste trash collector, Brian David Rojas. Rojas was on his usual rounds with a new trainee when he was involved in a tragic accident on Daniels Gate Road, which ultimately took his life on September 3. Rojas, just about to celebrate his 41st birthday, was the father of nine children as well as two grandchildren.Ventana and Amber Ridge neighbors came together on their following trash day, September 9, in the Daniels Gate Road cul-de-sac to honor and celebrate the life of Rojas, who had come to mean much more to them than just a service provider.Joined by Rojas’s wife Deanna, three of his chil- dren - Bianca 11, Mathew 9, and Noah 2 - and members of his extended family, Daniels Gate neighbors gathered around to share memories, give hugs, and shed some tears for the belovedRojas. Rojas did more than simply collect the trash; he cared about everyone around him.It was quite an emotional scene in Ventana and Amber Ridge that morning. Trash cans were all adorned with flowers and yellow ribbons and even some with warm written sentiments about the lost community member. Yellow ribbons and wreaths were on the Ventana gate, as well as a wreath with a memorial photo of Rojas at the accident scene in the front yard of Jon and Yolande Dahl.Always going above and beyond, Rojas was known to ring the doorbell for anyone who had forgotten to take their trash out, walk up the driveway to hand carry any last minute trash bags out to the truck, and he always gave a smile and a wave to youngsters who were excited to see the big truck. Rojas truly loved his job. As his wife Deanna reflected, “It wasn’t about the trash. He didn’t care about that. It was the people he ran into while he was working that meant so much to him.”(Continued on page 14)In the newsDouglas County Signs IGA17525 29Community Calendar33 3944School ScoopOctoberfest CollageSign up for e-mail alerts at:Editor@CastlePinesConnection.comThe Castle Pines Connection, LLCPRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID DENVER, CO PERMIT NO.19487437 Village Square Lane, Suite 220 Castle Pines, CO 80108www.CastlePinesConnection.com

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