It is always hard to deal with a loss in the family. Today we are mourning the loss of a wonderful man, Ralph’s brother-in-law, John, husband of sister Kathy. John was one of those people who always had a smile and could light a room just by entering. If you weren’t in a good mood, seeing John would put you in a better mood.
I’ve shown you all some examples of his amazing way with carving. In a post in 2011 at Christmas, I shared some of the beautiful pieces that John has made over the years. Each year for Christmas, everyone in the family would get a treasure, carved lovingly by him.
I showed you more of his artistic talent in June of 2012 when we celebrated his 70th birthday. John and Kathy’s home had a room on the lower level with shelf after shelf of his carvings. I took lots of photos and shared them. It’s just amazing what he was able to do.
It’s impossible to sum up a person in a photo or a few paragraphs. I’m distracted and upset and not doing John the justice he deserves.
I do believe however that I have one photo of him that for whatever reason, I feel is the essence of him.
He’s wearing a tee-shirt with his and Kathy’s photo taken on their honeymoon. We were also celebrating their 50th anniversary that day. He was about to blow out his candles and cut his cake. Not the kind of guy who liked a fuss made about him, I can just hear him saying, “Gosh, is this all about me?” Yes, John, today it is all about you. I’m a better person for having known you. I don’t think I’d get an argument from anyone on that. We’re all better people for having known you. God Bless You, John, we’ll miss you.