I was in Arizona 3 years ago at my Uncle Richieâ€™s funeral. It was a very painful time for my family and at the same time it was a celebration of a wonderful man, that I had the privilege of calling my Uncle. As I sat at the memorial service, I listened to countless stories of what an amazing father, husband, co-worker, uncle, brother, and friend he was. I didnâ€™t know that what my Uncle did for a living was so dangerous. Have you seen those men up there working on the electric towers? Well that could have been my uncle up there. He was such a dedicated worker, and a loyal man in all that he did. He knew his job was dangerous yet he wanted to help people with power in their homes. Knowing he was so dedicated and giving made me so proud of him.
There were funny stories told of course, my Uncle was a true kid at heart. He was always the life of the party, dancing, singing, and always telling the funniest jokes. I only remember a smile on his face, he was full of joy and laughter at all times. There were over 1,000 people at his memorial service, it was overwhelming. Sitting there I thought to myself about what I wanted people to say about me when I passed. I donâ€™t tend to be morbid, but at a time like this I canâ€™t help but have prospective about life. What do I need to do better, and be better at?
My Uncle was at the top of his game and he was only 36. He coached his sonâ€™s little league team, was his daughters #1 fan at her dance recitals, and his wife was his best friend and queen. His life was not in vein, I have learned more from this man, then I ever thought I could know. I want to be as determined, as joyful, as loving as he was. I want to be like him, and give life my ALL. I am once again overwhelmed with sadness for my Aunt and Cousins, but at the same time I am celebrating the life that he lived. You can have joy through sadness, thinking about the good times, and by letting a piece of that special someone shine through you! We all will miss Uncle Richie, but we will hold him in our hearts forever.