Betty, you are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Ted and Barbara Henry
My sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. Mr. Diamond obviously was a wonderful person and father for having such a wonderful son. Hang in there.
While it has been 30-40 years since last seeing Speed... I have very fond memories of Speed playing tennis at Wm. Penn HS and playing with a whole bunch of equally honorable and professional men who loved to play tennis many, many enjoyable Summers and years. At that time, there was a bunch of we much younger learning-tennis enthusiasts who loved to play too and Speed always would accommodate playing us too. Those years in the 70's at the courts were Idyllic and Speed was a big part of our childhoods that made dozens of us not only Better Tennis Players, but Better People too by emulating all the Good Things that Speed represented as a Wonderful, Honorable Man.
I didn't know Mr. Diamond personally, but have known his son, George, most of my life. Given the man that George is, I can see what a great influence and positive role model Mr. Diamond was for George. Reading the entries here, it is clear that Mr. Diamond had warmth and humor and love that touched many lives and is a wonderful legacy. They say that there are no pockets in a shroud and that the dead carry with them only what they have given away in life. Mr. Diamond gave much to so many. The world is a better place for having had him walk through it. My deepest sympathy to Mr. Diamond's family.
One of my first recollections of my Uncle Speed was him putting a tennis racket in my hand and me thinking he was nuts if he thought I'd be running around a court chasing a ball. Years later tennis would be my favorite sport to "watch". As a kid I could not have had a better friend. He took me to the movies to see Haley Mills in "The Parent Trap', to Hershey Park, and wherever we decided to go. I loved his basement where he had workout equipment and barbells. He was fun! And as I grew older I appreciated my mother's and his relationship as brother and sister. What wonderful role models I had! I loved my uncle and he'll always have a place in my heart. He wasn't just a good man. He was a great man.