Happy Summer, Friends and Family. We want you to know that we have set a date to celebrate John's life. We will be holding a memorial service at All Saints Church ( All Saints Church | All Saints Church, Chevy Chase Maryland ) on Friday September 24th, 2021 at 3:00pm. We will gather for refreshments and socializing following the service in the Church's Great Hall.
In lieu of sending flowers, we ask that you please consider making a donation to one of the causes that John supported: The American Red Cross and research efforts to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease.
For those that are interested, we will be hosting a day of golf at one of Dad's favorite local golf courses on Thursday September 23rd. If you are interested in participating, please leave a comment on this post with your email address. We will contact you with the details.
Last week, Mom and Lyn and I were able to attend the memorial service put on by the Students and Staff at the University of Uniformed Soldiers where Dad donated his body to their anatomical gift program. None of us knew what to expect and truthfully, I had anticipated a generic and impersonal service. But I was wrong. It was a lovely service full of amazing singing and lovely prayers from an Iman, a Rabbi, a Priest and a Minister. Five medical students addressed the families in attendance and shared their gratitude for the gifts they have received from their "first patient". Several professors also spoke and recalled their "first patient" as well and how they carried those gifts with them throughout their medical career with each patient they encountered. All the participants spoke with respect and humility and tenderness. Mom and I cried through the entire service and we felt grateful that Dad's final act of service was appreciated and will continue to help his fellow humans even as this world moves on without him.
We, of course, are not moving on without Dad. He is forever in our hearts, on our minds and in our stories. I still talk to him frequently and ask myself WWPPD - What Would Pop Pop Do? I was keenly aware of his absence this past Memorial Day. Appropriately, Mom flew the American flag Dad was presented with by the Army when he retired at the end of his 30 year career. And Father's day will be here soon. I wonder if Target will notice the dip in their golf shirt sales this year? Cuz what else could we buy our Dad?! Our Dad. Sigh. He would be so happy that so many of us have been vaccinated so we can gather together once again. Too many have lost too much. People, don't waste a moment. Get vaccinated and get back to loving, laughing and sharing with family, old friends, new friends, neighbors, strangers, everyone! That is what Pop Pop would do.
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