Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Saying goodbye to a dear man

It was with such sadness that we said goodbye yesterday to our dear friend.Charlie was the sweet husband of my friend Jodie.They have three amazing children Cody, Samantha and Austin. We feel so blessed to have been able to share our lives with his. We have spent countless hours at Bunco dinners, birthday parties, school functions and life celebrations. He was such a strong, quiet man who took such tender care of his family. He had a dry sense of humor, a darling smirk of a smile and the most amazing blue eyes. Whenever I saw his truck around town I would wave and it was always returned with a sweet smile.His fight against cancer was so admirable and he gave it everything he had and then some. His motivation simply to be here for Jodie and the kids.I thank God for the promise of eternal life and can picture him baiting his hook and fishing with Jesus. No pain,no fight,just joy and peace being with his Maker.I also thank God that we were able to say goodbye.There is a peace in knowing ahead of time that someone will be leaving this life.I am grateful for the chance to hold his hand,tell him how much we loved him and that we will always watch over his family.His service was so beautiful and heartfelt,Cody and Samantha spoke and shared so many funny memories with such love and incredible grace.Charlie we will never forget you and will think of you often in your OP shorts, Rizzo construction shirt and work boots. Your loving legacy lives on with your beautiful family. And we will love them always as we did you.

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