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Thread: Celebrating Life

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix

    Celebrating Life

    Rob's post about loosing a friend prompted me to make this post. A week and a half ago my older brother passed away and I have been grieving along with the rest of the family. We all grieve in different ways . Bud and I grew up with our third brother Bill who was the eldest. He was killed in a traffic accident when I was but a teen so that brought the two of us closer. I have not posted sooner because I have been spending my idle time remembering. Remembering walking to school with my brothers, remembering building snow forts and having snow ball fights, walking to the Saturday afternoon show. Going fishing with our Dad all good times. I was his best man and he mine. I am the God father to his oldest son who is now 50 years old. I learned a lot from him and I hope he from me we had very different lives but we stayed close to the end.
    My Brother Bud leaves 4 children 8 grand kids and 1 great grand kid. He did not want a funeral. He just wanted to be cremated and his ashes kept some where where his kids might visit him.
    His kids are honoring his wishes his ashes will be kept in Las Vegas where two of his kids live along with most of his grand kids. My nephews and nice are going to have a celebration of life get together in Las Vegas in November around Buds Birthday and I think that Bud would like it that way. My two younger sister and younger brother will be joining them to help celebrate Buds life.

    By the way He was a woodworker.

    Attached is a small picture of my two brothers and me I must have been about 5. Bill is in the back seat Bud is in the passenger seat and I am behind the wheel.
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  2. #2
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Our condolences for your loss, Don. It's great to have such fond memories so Bud lives on.
    Bill Arnold
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  3. #3
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    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    Yes, do understand. My sister and I were close when we were younger too. Her excesses pulled everything apart, and she dies at 53 years old.

    It's a shame.

  4. #4
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Sorry for your loss Don. Bud sounds like a great brother to have had and sounds like you two made great memories and each lived great lives to reflect back upon.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  5. #5
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    Mar 2015
    Parker County, Texas
    Sorry for your loss, Don. Like Darren said, it sounds like he was a good brother and you have many fond memories. Again, sorry for your loss.

  6. #6
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    That's got to be a rough one Don. Condolences to you and yours.
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  7. #7
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    My condolences on your brothers passing Don. I agree celebrate his life and as Carol so wisely said cherish those good times you had together. Seems there were quite a few through the years. All the best.

  8. #8
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Our condolences on your family's loss, Don. The passing of someone close sure leaves a hole in your heart.

  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very sorry to see this news, Don. Sending my best wishes for peace and comfort to you and all of your brother's family.
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  10. #10
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Sorry for your loss Don.
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