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    bittersweet honor

    Last night I attended the Masonic funeral service for a Brother Mason, fellow Shriner and just plain good friend. It was tough being there, nice guy who will be missed. I had once given him a pen and recall that whenever I saw him he had it, either just holding in his hand or using. As we passed through the reception line, I gave his wife a hug and my condolences. She said that since Dan loved that pen so much she put it in his pocket over his heart to be buried forever with him. I had held together throughout the service but when she said that I broke down and cried like I hadn't done in many years.
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    Sorry to hear you lost your friend Frank, but what a nice thing to hear you bud will have your pen forever, is quite a statement by his family.

    Stu
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    Frank, the loss of a friend is never easy. My condolences to you and the family. Like the pen he so cherished, friendships are more so, my friend. May you be blessed w/many happy memories of this one.

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    Frank, you had a true friend. I am sure his departure will be felt for a long time and he will never be forgotten. Hold on to the good memories.

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    Frank, sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and a brother Master Mason.
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    Frank, That is a great story. It shows how much affect we can have on people with simple things and acts of kindness.
    Jim

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    Jim said it all. Sorry for the loss of your friend, but be happy in the knowledge that you made him happy.
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    Frank,
    Sorry for your loss. I think you did receive a fitting honor.

    Wes

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    Frank,
    Words just don't suffice right now. He was a good Man, and thankfully you were able to give him something he enjoyed very much. I'm glad you got a chance to honor him with a proper service as well.

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    sorry about your buddy frank.
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