I learned of the Barrister's passing far too late to celebrate his life with others who loved him well. He was one of the best friends I ever had, and gave his friendship back in so many wonderful ways, giving me more grand memories that one person deserves to have. One of the sweetest gifts he gave to me was on a trip to Albuquerque one year, he not only let me fly with him, he took my mother up as well--on her 60th birthday.(Flying in a hot air balloon was on her bucket list, but a gift I could never have afforded to give her.) We had a "highway landing", and after the basket stopped rolling, I found him with his arms around my mother, protecting her, as she struggled to get up, and all the while she was screaming, "Can we go again??!!" That was the kind of joy he brought to everyone. He left them breathless, but yelling, "Can we go again?"
Robert performed the ceremony marrying my husband Fred and I on January 18th, 2000, and it thrilled me to have him join us. There was no one I'd rather have done it, and it seems to have stuck, as we are still together.
Fred just says it isn't fair that he didn't get to know you as well as I, but he is thankful for the years he did.
Barrister, I look forward to the day I join you and all your friends, so we can go again.
Missing you every day,
Jacque Harris Holdaway, and husband SFC Freddie L. Holdaway, Jr.