When you hear people talk about Luke, you will usually hear the word “Grate” mention as well great husband, great father, great brother, great son, great friend, great team mate, great citizen; all in all just a great guy.
For me, the one word I would use to describe him is genuine. Luke knew early in life he was blessed and he was truly thankful for his blessing because there was not one day that went by where he took this blessing for granted. I guess this is why he heart was always in the right place whether he was giving something back or giving of him self. When you were around Luke he had a way of making you feel good about yourself and you just knew you were in the presence of someone very special.
I’m sure all of us have taken a pause to reflect on our favorite memory or moment of Luke but for me each minute I spent with him is special, from our early childhood together well into our manhood.
Luke dealt with his illness with the same determination and toughness as he had during his playing days but the time had come for him to come out of the game; not for a time out or for a substitution but to take his place on God’s bench because now he is the “Enforcer” on God’s All-Star team. As I am writing this I have this image in my head of Luke outside the Pearly Gates, standing next to St. Peter with his arms folded across his chest, wearing a denim outfit and cap, looking out for all of us, watching our backs. I just smile and I’m comforted by the thought that he has my back.
Luke, we miss you but you will never be forgotten and you will be forever loved and in our hearts for I know that you are somewhere in heaven teaching the rest of the angels how to do the “Electric Glide”.
I Love you Reese
My Grate cousin
My Greatest friend