RAYMOND LOMELY: A TRIBUTE TO A GOOD MAN

This is a picture of Raymond in his early years while serving in the military. You will be missed.
This is a picture of Raymond in his early years while serving in the military. You will be missed. | Source

I have met a lot of good people and friends in my short time on Earth, but one touched my life in ways that I could not imagine. I was walking to the store today and I heard that a friend of mine had passed away. Then, I found out that it was back in August. Needless to say, it was heartbreaking. Mr. Raymond Lomely, 62, passed away on August 2, 2011. He was born back in February 2, 1949.

Raymond was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was drafted and he chose to fight for his country. I believe any veteran would respect that fact. In truth, Raymond was much more then a veteran, he was a loving man that would help a stranger off the street in their time of need.

I first met Raymond back in 2000 as we were neighbors. He was always enjoying life. I should mention that Joey Sebastien was a very close friend of Raymond's. They were two peas in a pod. Sadly, Joey passed away a few years after I first met Raymond.

I did odd jobs for him when I was younger and we eventually built a strong friendship. His sister Rosa stayed with him and helped take care of him during his last years alive. He had an accident and fell down the stairs. After the incident, he never walked again. They were as close as brothers/sisters get. They took care of each other like family should do.

Raymond was like a grandpa to me. He was always there for me and I did everything I could for him. I know many people took advantage of Raymond's kindness, but to Raymond, it didn't matter. Helping others was what made him happy. He taught me a lot and I hold nothing but respect to him, his family, and friends.

Raymond loved his Pomeranian. Her name was Lucy. The two of them had a special bond for certain. He treated Lucy like his own kid. I remember her jumping up on his bed and she knew she was going to get some lovings.

Raymond had a big heart and helped me out of some tough times. He was there for me when my own family wasn't. It breaks my heart knowing that he is now gone. Raymond was a big influence in many people's lives. I am months late, so I apologize. I didn't know of what happened. I heard that Rosa was sent to a nursing home and I am hopeful she is with family now. My heart goes out to all those affected by the loss of Raymond, God Bless.



Raymond,

I want you to know that I always looked up to you and you were an inspiration to me. I learned the value of helping others through your acts. You were like a grandpa to me and I truly love you. I know you were not able to walk down on Earth and I felt so bad you were stuck in that bed for so many years. I know you can walk again now and I hope you enjoy the scenery. You are now with your family and your best friend. I will always carry you in my heart until the day I die. If it wasn't for you, I don't know where I would be now. You will always be special in my eyes and thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for me...

He was a gentle man

And a dearly loving friend

I know in soon time

I will get to see you again

You are an inspiration

With such a caring soul

But there is just some things

That our beyond our control

You touched many lives

Especially mine

I will carry our memories

Til the end of my time

I hope you enjoy Heaven

For you, no more pain

Thanks for being my shelter

From all the pouring rain

It doesn't matter where you going

Only where you have been

I love you and rest in peace

Good-bye to my best friend

"In loving memory of Raymond Lomely"

You will be missed

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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

Lovely words LyricWriter, he clearly meant a great deal to you and was a big influence on you. I hope the wonderful memories of him will help you through.


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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Your loss, heaven's gain. You are better for having known him. Pass it on.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your words touched my heart. True friendship is wonderful and not easily found. Thank you for sharing..


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I am sorry for your loss of a dear friend.

You have written a wonderful tribute to someone who meant so much to you in your life. He was your guardian angel, now he walks with them.

Hugs and blessings my friend


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

With that splendid tribute (and PERFECT poem) I believe you have evened the scales, my friend. May God speed Raymond on his way. :)TR


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Jools, thank you for your kind comment. I couldn't believe the news, and to beat it all, three months had passed. Even so, this was what I needed to do for him. Thank you


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Ann, thank you for your kindness. You are right, it is Heaven's gain. Peace be with you:)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

AE, thank you for your time and comment my dear. It really is hard to find TRUE friendship for sure. Well said. Be blessed:)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Rosemay, thanks you girlie. I felt it was the least I could do to a man that had a huge heart. This man would give you his last dime, take strangers in, and help when nobody else would. Ahhh, just a good man..


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thomas, thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. That was very kind of you my friend. Best wishes.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

A beautiful tribute Lyrics.;)


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makusr 5 years ago from India

thelyricwriter,

greetings from MAKUSR. Love for your friend pours from your hub. A true friend is one who remembers you when not in sight. You are a true friend. Fine piece full of emotions.

With warm wishes,

MAKUSR


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

It is obvious you dearly loved this man. It is wonderful that you took the time to share a poem in honor of him. I have enjoyed reading this and am sorry for your loss.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Mentalist, thanks my friend.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Makusr, thanks for coming by and your sincere comment. Best wishes.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Tipoague, thanks for reading this and your kind words. Thank you for your sympathy:)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I am sorry to hear this. But I believe that he was a good man like you said before. Wonderful tribute for good friend. Keep on pray for him and I believe that he always smile from the heaven...amen. God bless you!

Prasetio


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Prasetio, thanks for coming by my brother. You are a kind soul my friend. Thank you so much.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

My sincerest sympathies. The poem was truly touching. May God bless and keep your friend.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Such an honest and true

emotions and feelings

your show

Raymond Lomely

must have bee very dear to you

Now that you write about him

He has become immortal.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thank you for youe comment and for coming by. I am glad you found this article and poem touching. It was the very least I could do. We all deserve a final tribute. Take care:)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Vinaya, thanks again for stopping in for a read. He really was a good friend and I have to believe a man with his heart lives on in Heaven. I truly believe that. Best to you and see you soon.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

How very beautiful! My condolences for the loss of your friend; he sounds like a wonderful person.


Sueswan 5 years ago

I am so sorry thelyricwriter.

Your tribute to your friend was beautiful and touched me deeply.

They say angels walk among us and I believe Raymond was one of them. Now he is an angel in heaven and will be watching over you. He knows how much he meant to you.

Voted up, up and away!

Take care my friend


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks for coming by Sueswan. I appreciate your concern. I am sure of it. Good people like him are a dime a dozen. Best wishes. Hope all is great:)


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Lyric,

I just saw this. So sorry to hear of your loss, and very proud of you for this wonderful tribute to a U.S. Veteran, and friend.

These lines: "Thanks for being my shelter

From all the pouring rain" .... (smile)

God just knows how to pick out the perfect people to bless us with.

Hub Hugs my friend - you did good.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Femme, your such a kind soul. He was a good man Femme. If he could help you, stranger or not, he would try. You just don't meet many people like this, but I was fortunate to do so.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

What a brilliant tribute to your dear friend ! I am deeply sorry for your loss and find no words to console you. I am sure your friend is watching you and smiling at you from heaven, he will always be there to guide you whenever you want him to. Take care my Friend, Best Wishes, Kamalesh

P.S. Voted Up and Beautiful.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Kamalesh, thanks for coming by and for your comment and votes. I do appreciate your time and kind words. Thank you very much.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy that you were graced with this friendship---


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Audrey, thanks for taking the time to view this article. I was lucky to have known him. He was a great man. If I could be half the man he was, I would be just fine. Take care and thanks.

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