Hi Tory/Linda and Family. I am sorry I did not get a chance to speak with you after the service today. I just wanted to take a moment and share a little about Tom. As Linda knows, I used to serve with Tom and Linda on Cedarbrook's Hospitality team. Tory, you might remember my daughter Jennifer who I believe is one to two years older than you and who also attended Seneca Valley H/S. Tory, you really did your father proud today-what a great job you did in honoring your dad. Your love for each other was so obvious. Your dad was so proud of you. We used to talk about our respective daughter's during our down time during hospitality. I always saw how your dad cherished you when he spoke of your achievements in high school/college, etc. You brought such joy to him. Your dad also spoke of highly your bothers as well, but I guess we had a common bond with daughters about the same age. I wanted to share a couple of things I remember about your dad that I'm not sure anyone knows-maybe your mom. Paul Abbott always had this thing about the A/C running when he gave his message during the service. He frequently asked the hospitality team to turn it off. I'm not sure if it was the noise being a distraction or what. Anyway, your dad being the rebel that he was--would say something like this "it's too hot in here, I'm turning the A/C back on." And he would do it. It was always a funny little joke we had about Paul and the A/C and how your dad would just do his own thing. And I also remember him rescuing us once when we ran out of communion material and he ran up to the store, bought the goods, and saved the day for us. Your dad was such a nice guy., I will miss him. But as you know, he loved you all so much, so cherish that and those memories. I hope in time you will heal some. And I expect to see him again and I expect you all too will be reunited with him some day. By the way Tory, I know Sherry J. could not make it today, but she used to tell me that you met with her for Bible study, and I know you have a special place in her heart.
Thank you for sharing about your dad today.