Dear Mary and family,
Because my wife and I were out of town for most of the last two weeks, I only learned today from Chuck P (Uptown), that Gene died. We are most sorry to get the news. I was a customer, vendor and I believe, a friend of Gene, and you and I had met some years ago. I will miss him very much.
I told Joanie this a few years ago and I wish I would have said the same to you. so you would have known my feelings also. But as I grew up I lost my real father when I was 7 years old and when my Mother re-married our family had 5 sons and 2 step brothers, and my Step-Father couldn't show me any one on one time like Fathers show thier sons. But in the short 10 years I've known you, I learned how it feels to have a Father to sit down with and talk about things and to ask advise, or to show me how to fix something or explain how to fix it. And we had this strange connection that I could feel and know when you were half way through the sentance of what you were going to say next.
I am your Son-in-Law, but look at you as a Father and am proud to call you Dad. I love you and wish I could have more time with you, but I don't want to sound selfish. We all will miss you and anyone who knew you feels the same, I'm sure.
Mom will soon be trying to push all of us out the front door, because she hasn't had a moment alone and we are all taking good care of her. We have had her laughing and in a good mood when we can. Coastie and Diamond miss you also.
Till our paths meet again, I will miss you Dad.
Gene we will miss you so much thank you for believing in us ,its all because of you ,we are Uptown Garage today,Thanks Gene.If there's cars in heaven we know your taking care of them.
I intended to talk to you after your first visit to the hospital and before you went back again. I am sorry and apologize to you for not making the time. I want you to know for the past 33 years as your son n law that I am honored to have known you. I have no memories of either you or I ever to have had a cross word towards each other and I believe that to be very rare. We could just chew the fat about what ever. You would always be in a positive mood with a smile. You will be missed by many near and far. I will be available to help the family in any way I can with grandma and the pups. May god bless you always. Tom
So many of us will carry you in our hearts.