Sunday, February 04, 2007


I read Obituaries. The writers have a few short sentences to sum up the life and legacy of the deceased. An obituary in today’s Free Press caught my eye. First it was the photo: a handsome man, a casual, comfortable pose. Then it was his birth date: a year to the day after I was born. His brief biography inferred an interesting life, but without details it would be supposition. What I can say with certainty, and I am sure the family of Randy Eaton will not object, is that the final words of their tribute leave no doubt that he was a special man:

In the spirit of Randy’s life, the family requests well wishers, in lieu of sending flowers, to simply hand a twenty-dollar bill to a total stranger.

I’m sorry I never met him.

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