Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Amazing Godfather

My amazing godfather lost his battle with cancer last Saturday. Tomorrow is the funeral.

Uncle was a great man. Always quick with a joke and a smile. Anyone that ever met him, loved him. He was so much fun and we were all better just for knowing him. He loved his wife, Brenda, and her two girls just as much as he loves his own 3 kids. He was so self-less, giving what he could to make everyone else happy and was always the peace-keeper.

When I was growing up, I remember always laughing with him. I remember him sitting me on his lap and letting me drive his baby blue cutlass...he put it on cruise and let me steer...I was probably only 7 or 8, maybe even younger. I remember going go-carting with him. I remember going with him and his kids to the hotel in Green Bay while he was playing in a cribbage tournament. I'd watch the kids and then after we'd do something fun. The circus was in town the same weekend as that tournament, so we'd usually get to do that, too.

I remember taking Rugby and Riley out on the lake with him. Uncle loved to spend time on the water in his boat...either skiing or swimming or fishing...just having fun.

A few years ago, it was his idea to get all the family together for Christmas and get a block of rooms at a hotel with a pool and hang out there. We were living across the state at the time, but we made it for that. All of us did. And we all had SO MUCH FUN!

In recent years, he was getting into making his own wine and he was SO GOOD at that, too. He made the wine for his wedding, even. It's something I wish that I'd have talked to him more about because I'd love to learn.

I was looking for pictures to scan and post, but I can't seem to find my book with them in. Maybe that's better for now, I don't know if I could look at them without crying.

I'll miss him. I already do. We all do. He was a great man, but he's leaving behind some wonderful kids and a legacy of love. And I'm sure he's in a better place and we'll see him again someday.

Love you, Uncle.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss...and losing anyone you love is never easy, and losing someone from cancer... sometimes almost seems worse. I am glad you have so many fond memories of him though :) Take comfort in knowing there will be no more suffering for him though ... and hold tight to those memories, they will help your heart heal in this time of sadness as well!

  2. Jess~ You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers hun! I just heard the news today, and am so sad for you all. You Uncle no longer suffering and will continue to watch out for you and all the others! May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead!
    Sending lots of hugs~

  3. Sorry Jess, I hope you can find some comfort in your memories, he sounds like a great man!!

  4. Your memories are going to be even more precious as time goes on. Lucky that Rugby & Riley also have their memories and can share them with TJ & Tucker in time. Hold on to those good things and remember that Lowell is never far from you now.


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