1935 - 2018
We met unexpectedly in the autumn of our lives. From a tentative beginning, and occasional bumps in the road, our relationship blossomed and thrived until we couldn't imagine life without each other. Now, the unimaginable has intervened and I am left to cherish our memories alone. As winter fast approaches, the cloak of memory will wrap its warmth around my soul.
I once told Ken that he was a beautiful man. 'Men aren't beautiful,' he replied. 'You're right, Ken, most men aren't, but you are.' I feel so grateful to have shared eight years and 10 months with a man not only beautiful in stature, but in spirit as well. Rest well, my love, and thank you for sharing yourself with me.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ken's name to with grateful and humble thanks, Irene Fortuna.

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2018