Dearest Grandpa, I always remembered the white picket fence and playing in your yard. Grandma was always cooking something good for us and they were some of the best of times. Love you always, Lisa xoxo
I will never forget our drive from Santa Barbara to San Jose when I was about eleven...just the two of us for reasons I don't recall. He taught me all about El Camino Real, Father Serra, the missionaries and other historical tidbits. We laughed and sang, and he taught me "Waltzing Matilda," which I love to this day. In later years he'd always tease me about how talkative I was, but I remember that he did a lot of talking himself and was far more interesting than any teacher I'd had before (or, I can now say, since!). I also remember how he and my dad Juel would occasionally argue about politics. I didn't like it at the time, but I'd give anything to have the two of them arguing about anything today! What a great guy--one of a kind.
Uncle Martin: an officer, a gentleman, an author, a lover of poetry and literature, a thinker, a patriot, an entrepreneur, and a man of unwavering faith. He loved his family and friends very deeply, and he was loved back very deeply. And he dispensed his abundant wisdom with sublime humor. Despite all that, he was also characterized by his humility, or as he used to say, “I'm very humble--and I have plenty to be humble about.” He was the kind of person who made The Greatest Generation so great, and who made our family so wonderful and so close. He will never be forgotten by those of us who were blessed to part of his life.
Uncle Martin will surely be missed, but his adage "drive with extreme caution" lives on in the Baker family!
I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr Rudnick but I read passages from his novel "The Vistula" which showed he was an extraordinary man. Condolences to Natalie and the rest of the family.
I worked for Mr Rudnick in the 1980's
What a wonderful experience and great man
May you rest in peace always, you will be missed by all.You always told us ladies in the office that "there are no golden years" but you were wrong you lived a long golden life....Gerry