Last Wednesday, Julian and Adrian Riester, who were born within seconds of each other 92 years ago, died within hours of each other, both of heart failure.
As identical twins, Julian and Adrian shared a lot of attributes, but they also both dedicated their lives to the Roman Catholic Order, both having ben friars for the last 65 years. Those who knew them best remember their years together working at St. Bonaventure University, doing carpentry work, gardening and driving visitors to and from the airport and around town. They died at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., Brother Julian in the morning and Brother Adrian in the evening.
While its always sad to see someone go, perhaps this was the best thing for them both. They came into this world together, they left it the same way. There's something kind of nice about that.
Our condolences go out to their family and friends who are no doubt grieving the loss of their loved ones.
[Image via St. Bonaventure University .]