Dear David, Kathleen and Michael,
I am sorry I could not accompany my parents to the funeral. I never know what to say in situations like this and so I have put off writing this all week.
Your Pop has been my father's best friend for 60 years and I thought perhaps you might find comfort in knowing how important your dad has been to my dad his entire life but especially the last few years. They spoke on the phone nearly every day since your mother passed away. I think at first to comfort your dad but in truth is was comfort to my dad because my Pop is failing too. His memory is full of holes and he is often confused. Somehow his lifetime of memories with your Pop and daily conversations has been an anchor for him. They talked about nothing, because that is what old friends mostly do. They didn't burden each other with their real problems but talked about fixing ceiling fans or lawn mowers or even proper tire pressure. When ever I speak to my dad, for many years now, the first thing he says is "I talked to my old buddy Bill Allen today. You remember him?" and I always reply "Yes Dad, Uncle Willie is unforgettable."
I am terribly sorry for your loss and pray for the peace and comfort of each of you every day.