Brother you will be missed only a short time as I know I will see you again in the Promised Land.
Knowing you for the past 43+ years has been a Blessing to me that is irreplaceable. The great times we had over the years, the laughs, the jokes and even the tears we shed together; were all part of our bonding.
I can honestly say that of any man or woman I have known for over 4 decades you are the "only" one I can not remember ever a cross word between us!
You were a Brother, friend, and mentor to me. No one can ever take away from me. As we worked together for 19 years, some with you as my boss and some with me your boss; we always had each others backs. I have to be honest here though, you sure covered mine a lot more than I had to cover yours:)
I helped you polish your Harley at the age of 14 and knew some day I would have one of them someday. It took me 5 years to make it to a Harley, at one time I had 4 at once! I still have a couple today "Praise be to God".
I watched as you raised one of the best young men I know, then watched as he and Jo raise 3 Sons just like their Poppy. He also raised Jo's two beautiful daughters as his own and you had that same bond with them also. Then they Blessed you and Shirley with 5 wonderful Grandchildren and NINE Great Grandchildren!
Brother with 43+ years of friendship I could go on for hours. You and I and those that "knew" us know what we had and that is really all that matters. Isn't it:)
See you again when God is ready Brother!