George J. "Buddy" Mills Jr.
I was in Rusk NYU Rehab with Buddy in the summer of 1984. We became friends, helping each other adjust to our new lives in wheelchairs. I have been looking for Buddy for years & years... I never got a chance to tell him it DID get better... I kept the hope alive & I'm doing ok 30 years later... I wish I could say the same for him. Rest well old friend... Till we meet again.
Buddy- I sit home thinking of the times we had both growing up and as adults. You were always there for me having my back as they say. From clamming on the Great South Bay while growing up to attending a Tampa Lightening game where you drove you Van. We didn't have a care in the world. But that didn't stop you for caring for others from your family to friends to ordinary strangers that you crossed paths with, you always made sure things were right. You held the torch of light protecting your family and taking care of them, most importantly your beautiful daughter Hayley. We were not only cousins but brothers in arms and it is why I say now rest in peace. We have it from here on out, we'll hold the torch of light in protecting and taking care of Hayley. She is a beautiful little girl who deeply loves her daddy and while holding the torch we will make sure she never forgets the time you had together. I love you Buddy and we will see each other again in the next life.
Although I haven't seen you in so many years, I have many fun memories of the many, many times we all hung out together. I remember clamming with your dad and the times we played Jarts on the front lawn on 5th Streeet, all the leaves we all raked together, the dinners we all shared with all of our cousins, aunts, uncles and siblings. We had lots of fun! There is so much more that I would like to say, so many more memories that I will take with me always. Please know that I was always so proud of you. Love, your cousin, Denise
Dear Jen and Hayley,
Our hearts are very sad today--the day that Bud's life will be celebrated and his body laid to rest. We have many treasured family memories of happy times together with you and Bud. Hayley, your Daddy loved you so much and we know that he will always be with you in spirit, heart and mind.
We pray that you will both find peace and happiness in the days ahead. Bud is now pain free and at rest. Our love for each of you is infinite. God Bless. Mom and Dad, Mama and Papa.
Bud,we all will miss you dearly....you always had a kind word to say to those who needed it.your warm smile and heart of goal is something rarely seen in people today !! i will treasure all the family gatherings we shared together even tho they were far and few between...your memory will live on thru haley[the one who could always make your heart melt] love you bro...vicki crampton mcdowell