31 March 2013
TO: Fellow Pine Crest School Alums Clifford Selwood, III, and Jason Selwood and Family
FROM: Roland A. Foulkes, Pine Crest School Class of 1974, and Family
Dear Cliff and Jason:
Please accept my and my family's sincerest condolences on the home-going of your father, Attorney Clifford B. Selwood, Jr.
As my family prepares for the 25th Anniversary Commemoration of my own father's home-going (18th May 1988 – 18th May 2013), I share what you may be feeling at this time. Accordingly, my prayers for healing are with each of you as you pass through this inevitable yet temporary “valley of the shadow of death.” (23rd Psalm).
The last time I saw and talked with both you and your father --- at the viewing for your mother, Mary, several years ago --- I was reminded of the ABSOLUTE, RESOLUTE, FOND MEMORIES I had of him and her as hosts of those warm, magnificent, safe and fun Christmas/New Year holiday gatherings in your beautiful Plantation home during our annual “return-home-from-college” days in the 1970s.
Your father was, way back then, and during our last meeting recently, always a smiling, caring and welcoming friend: Genuinely interested in, and concerned about, the paths our individual lives were taking then, and had taken since.
Cliff and Jason, as you know, your dad was simply and greatly, AWESOME!
You and your family were --- and, remain --- truly blessed to have had him in your lives; likewise, and obviously, he was blessed to have had each of you, together with your mom, Mary, in his.
Knowing him (and your mom), through you, since I parachuted (as the ONLY Black student among 1200 students) into Pine Crest back in the Fall of 1971 --- if not before as we were both enrolled in the Easy Method Driving School on State Road 84 near the Armory the previous summer --- I see that they did a stellar job raising you and your siblings, and loving each of you fully and unconditionally.
Cliff and Jason, may our Omniscient, Omnificent, and Omnipresent GOD (ELOHIM --- the God of Abraham , Ishmael Isaac and Jacob-Israel --- continue to guide, order, and prosper each of your steps in the full and blessed assurance that, one day, you will be together again.
We pray this, in the mighty, powerful, and loving name of our Lord and Savior Jesus-The-Christ (YESHUA HA-MASHIACH).
In GOD's Peace,
Roland A. Foulkes
Post Office Box 101492
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33310-1492
United States of America