George "Don" O'Donnell Boone, Jr.
I know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in my every prayer and thought.
Sincerely, Lana Shapiro
Remembering Don Boone by Dave Williams
It's not often you come across a person that truly has a deep impact on you and changes your life. It's not often you meet someone that always has a smile and a kind word. It's not often you can think to yourself, “Wow. It's so nice to have a friend like that. Just knowing he is around the corner gives me a sense of peace and comfort.” It's not often you feel like you've lost your best friend.
Don Boone was a friend. A friend to his neighbors, his family, his wife, Wynne, to The Cane Bay Players and, to me.
It wasn't like we hung around together all the time or did things together or had a lot of things in common. It was just a pure friendship. I'm sure many of you will agree with me.
We did have a few things in common. Don was from Maryland, as was I. We both loved the Ravens and watched a few games together. As I would get upset over a call or a bad game or cheer about a great play, Don, on the other hand, sat there, peacefully and, at the most, smiled. Good or bad, he smiled. That was Don. At peace with the world and his Lord.
Not too long after Don was diagnosed, a small group of us got together and traveled to Jacksonville to see a Ravens game. Yes, we do have more than one or two Ravens fans here! Pops, my wife Beverly, my daughter Jen, myself and Don.
We had pulled into the hotel lot and noticed a Ravens fans standing outside the door. We were all relieved to know we weren't the only ones there. As we entered the lobby, we were astounded by a large crowd of partying Ravens fans, all anticipating a good time before the game, during the game and after the game!
It was exciting and I think Don was very pleased to see everyone.
After checking in and taking our luggage to our rooms, we joined the party. The bar was crowded but we found seats and began to join in. After about an hour, Don waved me over to him (This was just after I had my head sprayed with purple dye). I looked at Don and he looked as if he had detached himself from the celebration a bit. He had a rather somber, but peaceful look on his face. Because of the noise, I bent down to listen to him as he began to tell me of a miracle that he had witnessed. It had nothing to do with football. It was just something he felt compelled to share with me. As he finished his story, I found myself standing there, in the midst of 200 partying Ravens fans, with tears streaming down my face. I never questioned why Don had decided to share this story at this time and I have always been thankful to him that he did. That was Don.
The truly important things in life, the things that really mattered. That was Don. His family, his friends, his faith. Not necessarily in that order. But that was Donny.
It's not often you are impacted by someone. It's not often you meet someone who really inspires you, who sets an example. It's not often you truly admire a person for his never wavering faith, his love of his family and respect for his friends and neighbors. Never did I hear Don say one negative thing about anyone.
That was Don.
His presence will be missed for sure but his influence on me will last forever.
I love you Donny. I'm sure The Lord is happy you are home.
You and Don have been so strong in your faith, leaving a blessed example to all of us. My deepest sympathy in the earthly loss of the love of your life. I pray that our Lord will surround you with peace, mercy, grace and the love of family in the coming days and weeks.
I had the privilege of caring for Don as a patient at the Hollings Cancer Center. He was clearly one of our favorite patients and I loved getting to know him and Wynne. It was so precious that he went to great lengths to make sure my trip to the Grand Canyon was all it should be with many books and a CD of all of his pictures. He was strong and peaceful in the midst of debilitating decline over the last many months. I will miss him and will be praying for Wynne and all of his dear family. I am so thankful that he is really doing just fine now up in heaven with the Lord.