Richard, Uncle Mel and Paul
We had a very close family growing up. We spent a lot of time with our Aunts and Uncles and cousins. Richard and Paul lived very near us and we were very close in age....so we did fun things together. They are the funniest guys I know. They loved Monty Python's Flying Circus and when Monty Python and the Holy Grail came out we went to Chicago to be there opening night. We have a life time of memories.
Their dad is our dad's brother. They worked together and we spent many holidays together.
Uncle Mel and Aunt Sunny came to tell us that mom and dad had died in that terrible car accident.
Uncle Mel was a radio operator (crew member) on B17's in WWII.
He took up flying after the war. He and my brother Jim had a great bond as they are both passionate pilots and spent many hours in the air together.
Yesterday Paul called to tell me his beloved dad had died.
Uncle Mel was our last living relative on the Glyman side of the family.
We loved him and treasured him and it is sad to see him go.
Although my mind can't quite grasp it....I hope Grandma and Grandpa and sitting at a table playing cards with Mel and Sunny and Jimmy and Esther and Dorothy and Marv and Donald and Lola. Wouldn't that be something!?
Richard and Paul have lost their parents and three siblings in the last seven year. (about)
They have borne it bravely but that is an enormous about of loss for anyone.
Would you say a prayer especially for Richard and Paul as they mourn the passing of their remarkable father and for my brother Jim, as he was very close to Uncle Mel, too?
p.s. When we would part and say goodbye, Uncle Mel always said, "God Bless You."