• Jacqueline Gum

    What a beautiful tribute Susan. I’m sure he’s smiling down…so thrilled to be remembered so fondly by so many. My deepest sympathy to you and yours.

    • Thank you Jacquie. I agree. he always had an infectious smile and I still feel it from time to time. 🙂

  • Nice to share about your dear Uncle Bob. How wonderful that you are so connected to your family. I can understand how you miss him.

    • It was later on in my life that I was able to do that… I do feel pretty lucky Leroa. He was a special man. 🙂

  • Although there is sadness, which can’t be measured when a loved one passes on, I can’t help but thing that, in most cases, it was time for that person to travel on to the unknowns of what is sure to be wonderful.

    My heart goes out to you, Susan.

    • That is true, Glynis. We all now that it going to happen, but we still feel sad when it does. The good part is he left some great memories for all the family to share. 🙂

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Susan. A generation of a family disappearing is a very reflective time. What a lovely tribute to him.

    • Thank you Kathy. He was very special person and he will indeed be missed. 🙂

  • What a nice remembrance of your uncle. High Flight and full throttle. Sounds like a wonderful man. And what a great idea – to have family and friends write haiku about him. Sympathies to you and your family.

    • The haiku were a fun thing for everyone to share Donna. it really helped bring out the many great stories we all had to share about him. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    Touching tribute to your beloved Uncle Bob, Susan. I can feel how much you loved him and how much he’ll be missed. It’s hard to watch his generation pass on so rapidly knowing we will soon take their place. I can only pray we will due them justice and honor in how they will be remembered in the days to come and throughout history.

    • As each generation passes, it is a reminder that life is indeed short. We forget that sometimes in the busyness of life. I hope when my time comes, I can look back and say I took “High Flight” and will leave a legacy that will worthy. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        I agree, Susan, it is indeed a reminder that life is short. We all contribute a part to the whole and, no doubt, what you give and put out in the world is worthy. Your “High Flight” will be be remembered.

  • What a lovely post, my grandmother is the only one left out of her siblings she was one of 13 children and now she is the only one left, nan will be 94 this year and to be honest both me and mum feel it would be better if she passed away as she doesn’t have a life she just exists from day to day

    • Aw, she must feel her time approaching. I hope that she and your family will find peace when it does Jo-Anne.

  • A fitting poetic tribute to your Uncle Bob who sounds like he had a memorable life 🙂

    • He was an amazing man with an amazing story in his own right Jeri. He will be missed but oh the stories he left us. They will live on in our many memories.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    A lovely tribute my friend. I have no doubt he is still flying high and enjoying his journey. You never know when it’s your time, so make the most of your life while you can.

    • Thanks Cheryl, That is very aptly put. It important to remember that today is all we may have. We just never know, so we must live it to the fullest.

  • Oh, Susan, I can feel your pain. How beautiful your post is. I’m at the age, too, where family and friends are passing on. It’s sad, but life on earth is not eternal. I was very touched by that poem and to think it was written by a 19-year-old who hadn’t even experienced life yet.

    • I agree with you Jeannette. It can be disconcerting if we dwell on it. I love this poem. it points out both in the author’s age when he passed and his message, how life truly is uncertain nad must be lived in the now and to the fullest.

  • Jason Butler

    That was a great tribute. I know he is looking down smiling at you.

  • Jon Jefferson

    Always sad to see the generation before us passing on. I recently had an aunt die as well. Last weekend was one of sadness as we had the memorial for her and a chance to come together with family. Why is it as we grow older we only seem to come together for times such as this?

    • I agree Jon, Wehn we as a family are all together we promise to get together more often, but it never seems to happen. :/

  • That’s beautiful Susan. Indeed it is so sad as we say goodbye to family and friends long in our life. I’m coming to believe more that while we are sad, they go on to a more beautiful life in spirit. My mother has outlived her brother, and my dad all his 5 brothers and sisters. For me, it’s almost sadder to see them grow old, lose their memory, and be in a body that cannot keep up with their continued zest for life, than when someone gets God’s call. At least at that point (unless it just is totally unexpected) it’s up to us to make the best of the time we have with them here. Where I am now, is living life for the least amount of regrets possible. Bless you Susan, as you are a blessing to your family and friends.

  • Rose M Griffith

    I wish that we would teach grief in our schools as preparation for the way it inundates my life. But it’s such a difficult topic that I think our society keeps trying to hide from it. I am glad you had such a wonderful Uncle in your life for such a long time. What an incredible blessing! Thank you for sharing a little bit of him with us.