Although knowing Bette and Gene is far less in years then much of the "clan" knowing em, it won't stop me by saying what a considerably nice, caring man he was.
When my mother and I moved to the area in '06, this clan openly accepted two others in with ease.
The 1st time meeting Bette and Gene is escaping me, but it was on '06 at a mutual affair with a neighbor. From then, there were lots of fun, too much to count, however from pool party's during major holidays to Christmas Carolling and the annual Superbowl party's, it was a very enjoyable time with new friends.
Now back in MD, I have gotten together with this group only only a handful of times in 3 years, but the time with em feels like I hadn't ever left always asking how things are with me and my new wife, always inviting me to the parties, although I not living there anylonger. Very nice to remember me.
Bette, Ashley and I are so sorry for your loss and it will take time to heal, but know that we're sending our thoughts up I-83 to you.
Hope to see you soon.
John and Ashley