"He was a delightful person to be around. He took great pride in his job. All of our customers loved him to death," he said of Anderson. "He did little things like when his clients were on vacation, he would send them text messages with photos of their pets playing out in the yard."
"He was just a super-nice young fellow," McCollum said. "He was a very responsible person and a person that you could rely on and trust."
Mr. Ponton played volleyball on a local team that met at Jarrettsville Elementary School, recalled Paul Schoen, of Cockeysville, who was also on the team several years ago.
"He seemed like a really good kid. I kind of liked him," Schoen said, noting that his mother is also active with the team. "I know he really enjoyed volleyball and I know he played at North Harford."
When he heard about the accident, Schoen said, "I was really quite shocked."
One friend posted on Twitter Sunday, "You were a great friend, person, and suite mate. I'm glad I got the chance to have met you and to have been your friend R.I.P. Shawn Ponton."
Christina Leber posted a photo of herself with Mr. Ponton and wrote, "You could have changed the world Shawn Ponton. You're sense of humor and dedication to helping will always be in my heart."
On the Jarrettsville Vet Center Facebook page, the business posted Sunday: "We lost a member of our family today and we will be forever changed and heartbroken about our dear friend Tyler. He was always a smiling face and warm heart and a compassionate generous soul. We love you more than words and we are forever saddened. We miss you and we love you." And, on Monday, they posted again: "We will miss you, Tyler."
Missy Patton Baldauf commented, "I'm so sorry for your loss....how devastating..." Zac Lazarus also commented, "Tyler will be missed and may he rest in peace."
As of noon Monday, 103 people liked the heartfelt post from Sunday and 28 people left comments, most leaving their condolences.
Diana Miller wrote, "I'll miss Tyler so much. He was so loving to Dutch and he liked to scold me for spoiling him too much! The world lost a kind and gentle soul. Our hearts are broken for his family."
Kelly Marchand Furgason posted, "What a very sad loss, barely knew Tyler but he was always so friendly, smiling and I enjoyed talking to him each time I saw him. Rest in peace Tyler, prayers and thoughts to everyone who knew him, his family and friends."
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