It's so difficult to write and not begin, "Dear Norman and Honey". Together you represented the special qualities of "The Rosen Family". For me growing up in Pittsburgh meant being far away from our Rosen relatives. Nothing in my childhood was so delightful as the vacation trips we made to Miami Beach, where we were so warmly welcomed, "wined and dined" by you and Norman, and the rest of the Miami mishpacha. Over the subsequent span of nearly six decades, whether I was in Chicago, Ethiopia or Israel, I always felt yours and Norman's love, concern, support and unstinted encouragement.
Norman was not only my older cousin. He graciously acted, according to need and circumstances, as my caring uncle, supportive brother, substitute father and treasured friend. With his so sad passing, I feel as if I've lost all of these dear ones at once. As with so many others that he touched, his memory will always remain with me as an inspiration and a blessing. I was fortunate to have maintained a correspondence with Norman for a goodly number of years. Reading over his letters, I find many words of encouragement, wisdom and gentle advise. Two comments in particular stood out at this moment as revealing his (as well as yours) generous nature and abiding love and appreciation for the blessings in his life. Permit me to share his words with you.
"Honey and I have decided that we have been very fortunate in both our living and financial circumstances. Consequently, we have decided to share some of our good fortunes with a few of our dear relatives."
"I continue to have admiration and great affection for Honey. She is the BEST."
May his words strengthen and comfort you at this time and in the future. With love and blessings from Israel,
Chaim, Esther & Hillel