Monday, January 4, 2010

My Uncle Dick...


From my earliest memories I looked up to my uncle Dick.

First, he played pro football (for the Patriots), what isn't cool about having an uncle that was a pro football player.

He always had a big new car, and the first in ground pool I ever saw was at his house.

But as I got older I began to pick up on the truly important things.

He spoke with a booming voice, had a laugh that could fill a room, and despite his impressive size it was obvious he was a kind and gentle man.

He would help you in any way he could, without you even asking, he was a "fixer".

While I was "away" in the service my grandfather was on his last days and I could not get me home to see him. Uncle Dick got wind of it and within 24 hours I was on a plane home.

Just last year I needed a new furnace, guess who got me a new top of the line furnace at wholesale cost?

It's like he knew everybody, and everybody respected him.

Regardless of how old I was he always called me "Scottie", but that was okay, I liked how it sounded when he said it.

He was a good man and the world was a better place with him in it.

I got a call early this morning from my mother, letting me know that last night my uncle Dick "went on ahead".

And I wanted people to know my uncle Dick was somebody.


10 comments:

Pro Deo et Patria said...

I just bookmarked your blog earlier this morning. It's clear even from your brief description of him that Uncle Dick was someone special to you. I know, I just breezed in in this anonymous place that is the internet, but please accept my condolences for your loss.

Jason Anderson said...

Scott,

My condolences as well. Not a great way to start the New Year, but in some way, perhaps it helps to know he's gone to a better place.

Peace.

Scott said...

Thank you for your kind words...

He is indeed in a better place.

Anonymous said...

I am saddened to hear this. My condolences to you and your family.

Michelle Sparks Photography said...

My condolences to you and your family. I have a feeling your uncle knew how much you loved him - it is evident in this post!

CMurray said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Scott. Thanks for sharing a little about him.

Ghene Snowdon said...

So sorry for your loss and thank you for the little note about your uncle.

Jodi Renshaw said...

Good people are worth sharing about ... that is how they live on and on ...

Sorry for your loss, but thankful for your memories.

hugs,
Jodi

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very important person to many.

half blind said...

Thanks for sharing a private event so publicly, Scott. That's part of what makes your blog special. I am sorry for your loss.