Friday, November 22, 2019

The World Just Lost Another Good Man...

I am a bit chocked up this afternoon. One of my dearest friends and her family just lost her dad last evening. I received a call from her husband a few hours ago and the news has yet to settle on me.

George was one of the kindest, most gentle persons I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Combined with a strong intellect, honesty and a desire to minister, he fled the confines of Methodist theology for work and life among Unitarians. He was equally at home and accepted among his daughter and son-in-law's small Reform congregation where she and I met several years ago.

Upon being introduced to him, I asked with a slow smile whether I should call him Reverend. He returned the smile with a twinkle in his eye, saying simply, "Just call me George."

Already dealing with the declines that come with Parkinson's, George loved to read widely, and had an off-beat sense of humor and the gratitude to embrace life no matter the circumstances. 

I will miss our visits, his stories and adventures of a life well lived and choosing cards to send him knowing that one of the small still-cherished pleasures of his life was getting mail.

He leaves my world a richer place both in his example of a kind and peaceful spirit and in the friendship of his remaining family.







5 comments:

Live and Learn said...

What a lovely tribute to a man I wish I could have met.

The Happy Whisk said...

I am so, so, so, sorry.

Steve Reed said...

He sounds like a great guy. It's good that you got to know him.

Ms. Moon said...

It's always so sad when the world loses a good one.

Martha said...

I am so sorry. He sounds like a very special man.