My dear friend, Ron:
I’ll never forget the phone call from your
son, Josh, last Saturday night. Through his
tears he told us that you had suddenly and unexpectedly
been taken, the victim of a freak traffic accident.
Ron, you were one of the most genuinely friendly
people that I’ve ever known, and one of my best
and most memorable friends.
I’ll always remember with fondness the times
we shared at the coffee shop, the beach, at
your house, and ours. There are so many fond
memories of our families and friends on sunny
summer weekends at the Pacific Ocean flying
our kites and sharing good times.
We owe it all to you, Ron. It began that day
many years ago when you showed up at our front
door with a special gift for us…those first
three Trlby kites. With time they would grow
into my man-dragging 18 Trlby kite train. Your
Trlby train was always bigger than mine…you
had a 30 Trlby train.
You loved the beach so much that you and Jan
moved two hours away from us to Westport, Washington,
into your dream home right on the Pacific Ocean.
We didn’t see each other much after that, but
I still thought about you a lot. I told Jacquie
that I was thinking about you and Jan and wondering
how you all were doing last Saturday, the very
day that Josh called to give us the sad news.
It’s a joy to know that we’ll meet again someday.
I hope there’s a big sandy beach, and a kite
shop in Heaven. I’ll meet you there.
Farewell, my friend,
June 15, 2005
Morale and espirit de corps would have been
much better in my army units if you
could have been the top sergeant. You would
have made a great company commander. I'm glad
we could all be together for Christmas this
December 28, 2004
Thank you, Carmine, for picking me up when
I ran out of gas on the freeway at the Grand
Mound exit (see Thurston
County Map). Most people would have driven
right by. I hope you had a wonderful time with
December 5, 2004
Thank you, Jerry, for coming to my rescue on
that unforgettable night in Albuquerque. I don't
know how I would have gotten through that night,
or the trip, without your help.
November 14, 2004