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Monday, January 21, 2008

Goodbye Uncle George

While I was visiting my SIL this weekend, our dear Uncle George died in his sleep. I guess the prospect of nursing home living and having tubes assist him with eating, breathing, etc. was more than he could honestly bear. This is a man who lived independently until a week and a half ago. For as long as I have known him, he has always made it clear that he never wanted to go out as someone's dependent.
At Christmas (that is our Aunt Ellen with him above) he was missing his late wife and said how he could not wait to be with her again in Heaven, so even though we were not ready to see him go, it was time and he was able to do it "his way," which makes us happy for him.
We'll miss the stories, laughs and the annual Christmas puzzle (1000-2000 pieces) that he would give us as our present, but most of all, he was one of the last old-timers who kept us company and reminded us where we came from as a family. Thank you all for caring about us during this time.


smoothiejuice said...

oh I am so sorry to hear about Uncle George. May he have a wonderful time with his wife!

Sheryl-lyn said...

Amen to that! She has been gone for 42 years and he never remarried or really dated again.

Beverly said... lucky was Uncle George to have the love of your wonderful family! In a way, it is so very good that he did not have to live in a nursing home! Sad for you, but I feel sure that he was looking forward to once again seeing his beloved. Love ya...hugs coming your way.

Sheryl-lyn said...

That reunion will be the stuff of great romance novels! I am happy for him about that. Thanks for the good wishes you two!

Autumn said...

What a romance! He will be happy indeed to be with his love!
I had an Uncle George- the kindest most wonderful adult in all my life-his memory is as vivid as if I had seen him yesterday. He's been gone for 25 yrs. May your memories be just as vivid!

Sheryl-lyn said...

Thank you, Autumn! The name Uncle George must be the ticket that makes him a good man.