My dear uncle Red passed away Saturday morning. Today was his funeral, and I couldn't be there because of the snow in Pennsylvania. So for a few moments, I would like to remember Uncle Red at my own little blog memorial.
Uncle Red is my maternal grandfather's brother. He and my grandpa were the best of buddies. I cannot remember a time in my life when Uncle Red wasn't there for us. From the time we were little to two weeks ago when I last saw him, he always greeted me with a hug and a kiss and a loud declaration of "Hellooooooo Dolly-baby."
He was 97 years old. He lived a long, full life and was loved by many.
He was a man who loved others deeply and cared about everyone around. Up until a few years ago, he would leave his home early in the morning to go shovel snow or mow the lawn for the "old people" (who would be about 30 years younger than him).
I remember him always giving us a crisp $5 bill when we would go visit. He would pretend that he was sneaky, but his booming voice really wasn't conducive to secrets.
He and Aunt Rita have been there for all the important times in our lives...birthdays, holidays, our wedding, and more.
It will be different to go back home to Pennsylvania to visit without Uncle Red there. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.
He was so full of life and love...unless you hold a different political opinion!!!
In the lessons I have learned and the life that I live, I will always carry a piece of Uncle Red in my heart.
I love you, Uncle Red. You are dearly missed.