Today I am grateful for a wonderful cousin who just succumbed to cancer. My cousin Tony was the kind of guy that everyone would love to have as a best friend. He was the best friend of his lovely wife Debbie. They were partners in life, parenthood and business. Tony was generous and loving to those around him.
One fun memory I have of him and his wife was when I moved away from the town where they live. Me and my best friend were in our favorite restaurant having one last dinner together. I heard my name and looked up and there was Tony and Debbie at a nearby table with big grins on their faces. We all said our hellos and it turned out that my friend knew them from years before and had a very high opinion of them.
Eventually they got up and left the restaurant and said their goodbyes. I was sad that I wouldn’t see them as often. When we finished our meal we asked for the check and the waitress said that our bill had been taken care of and that we were supposed to order desert. Tony and Debbie had paid our bill! The situation made me laugh because it didn’t surprise me at all. This isn’t a great memory because they paid for our dinner. It’s a great memory because he was the kind of person who helped people by using his time, attention and love. Tony has left a great legacy for his children and those who loved him.
Tony was older than I am so we didn’t get to know each other until we were older. He was the kind of man that made me want to be a better person. We have lost several loved ones this year, My Uncle Cliff and my Grandson Ethan.
Some of us get the opportunity to live long lives and some are so special that they are called home to do more important work. No matter how much time we have on this earth we need to take advantage of the time we have and spend time with those we love.