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Gone...

Another phone call. Early this morning.

When I saw the telephone number on the caller ID I knew.
D's daughter was calling to tell us that her dad was gone.

He died last night. "Peacefully", she said.
She was as calm and matter of fact about it as he had been back in mid-February when he called to tell us that he had brain cancer.

Because they physically can't call all of the thousand or so people who loved D, they're sending out a blast email with the funeral arrangements.

He was the mayor of his small town in northwest Missouri.
He was the owner of a highly respected senior care company.
He was the touchstone in the lives of so many.

There'll be a lot of people at D's funeral.

High muckety-muck Washington politicians from both parties will fly in, because they called him friend. But, so did the nurses aides and housekeepers and cooks in his company's retirement communities. Because he gave them the tools to prove that they could honorably care for the nations frail elderly and he never let them forget how important they were.

The funeral will be Monday. We will go.

Comments (8)

Brad'll Do It:

Beautiful post... 'nuff said.

Kim:

I'm sorry Deborah. My condolences to you and Dan.

Hopefully in 2010, there won't be anymore late night or early morning phone calls. They suck.

I am sorry for your loss. He will be remembered to those whose lives he touched.

Barb Cabot:

Deborah, this is sad news to read. I send my prayers and condolences to all your family. He sounded like a wonderful man who accomplished many worthwhile things in his lifetime. Take care.

sheri:

Sorry for your loss Deborah. It sounds like this is a great loss on so many levels to so many people!

He sounds like an amazing man. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.


Deborah responds: Thanks to all of you for you kind thoughts. Yes, he was an amazing man. The hole he leaves in his community is huge.

nancyhol:

What a lovely tribute you wrote for your friend.

I know you will miss him.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Deborah, I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. It sounds like he was a very special person who touched so many people.

Take care.

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