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Updated on July 27, 2010

Had a call yesterday, my Uncle died. He had been in the hospital for 2 weeks. He was a healthy man and very active for many years. He had a heart attack in January and things just seem to snowball downhill from there. He would have been 72 next month. He was funny and a bit of a rebel all of his life.

He is the youngest of 5 boys. They are all gone now, my Father included. I knew them all very well. I loved each of them and mourned the passing of the men that they were. Each his own man and unique character. Three of them were in the Navy, one in the Air Force in their young days. All came home to marry and have families. From time to time we would plan a family reunion and we all were able to get together and catch up. Enjoy each others company. Four of them lived in Texas, one in New York. All five have passed in the last 22 years.

The Uncle that died yesterday was the most colorful of all. He loved to dance, drink and travel. He went to Turkey when he was in the Navy and brought back a suitcase full of souveniers. Among those were some Turkish cigarettes. My sister and I found these and decided to try them out, Needless to say we were green and sick from the puffs we managed. He also brought us each a Tukish beanie and matching purse, I still have the beanie.

He married my Aunt when he was 20 and she was 15. They remained married til her death at 60 six years ago.They had two children , a boy and a girl, who gave them 6 grandchildren that they doted on unselfishly. They loved to fish and traveled around the country. He told me of a time when he went fishing in Oregon and caught a sturgeon that drug the boat around for a while til it tired and he actually was able to get it to the surface to get a look at the monster. He talked of that catch for years.

He cursed like the sailor that he was and although he never railed against God he did everything he could to rebell against God. After my Aunt died he told me that God wasn't going to get him because he was going to hide from God. In the last hour of his life he spoke out loud to each of his brothers and his Mom as though they were right there, greetting them with wonder in his voice. Then he sat up in the bed and said he had to go. 15 minutes later he passed from this life.

He will be cremated and with his wifes ashes and his beloved little cocker spaniels ashes, his children will spread their ashes across the spot that they loved to fish the most. He will be missed by all of us, The last of 5 brothers, the end of an era. 5 brothers that were as different as night and day, yet loved each other and  made up quite a band of men. He will be missed as they all are. But the band of brothers are together again and I am sure entertaining the angels.  Good Bye Uncle Edward, be free, be at peace, we already miss you and we love you.


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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      Thank you sligobay for stopping in to read my hub!! My condolences to you as well. I will make it a point to read your Hubs of memorialization about your loved ones. Young men, very sad. Thank you for your comment and nice to see you here.

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      sligobay 7 years ago from east of the equator

      Herllo 52- Sorry for your loss. Uncle Edward sounds like a real freebird type of soul. I write to process my grief, as well. Yours was a wonderful eulogy of a fine man. I tend to memorialize my loved ones in verse. Ray Dowd was my Mom's oldest brother and my Godfather. He was born in Ireland and I built a very Irish Hub in his honor. His first cousin, Alfie, died a few months later and I created another Hub for him. Departed memorializes two friends that have passed in their fifties, this year.

      I can truly identify with your loss and your grief. Thank you for sharing them with us. Cheers.

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      Thank you purplerose!!! I love my family very much and we are very close, it's sad to see a generation gone.

      Thank you for stopping in and for the nice comment!!

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      purplerose 7 years ago

      what abeautiful eulogy

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      Thank You! I do write for peace of mind at times but I write also in hopes that my words will help, comfort, and/or strengthen even just one person.

      I see you are a new Hubber, Welcome!! I hope you enjoy your stay! Thanks for stopping in!!

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Hey there , nice story, Having come from nine boys and one girl, I understand how you feel about family ties, they are the most imporant thing in life. As we age we realize the things about life that we used to take for granted, no? Keep writing , your stories must do a lot of good for others!

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      You are so right SpecialK!! Now my generation steps up. It's kind of strange and scary. Where have the years gone?? Thank you stopping in and for your sweet comment. And thank you for the hugs!!!

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      I'm sorry to hear about your uncle! {{hugs}} My dad's last brother isn't doing well either. We keep thinking that this will be his last summer. When he passes, my dad will be the last brother living. It is sad to see them all go. We will soon be that older generation.

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      I cry as I write this. I just remember them all together enjoying each others company, throwing horse shoes, laughing. It's hard to believe how time slips away.

      Thank you Dim!!


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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      That brought tears to my eyes , reminding me of my own dad and his 7 brothers and sisters. All passed now.

      Thank you for this beautiful hub. Take care, Dim xx

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      Thank you for your comment lecie, just remember that you are special!!! God sees your heart and knows your spirit, you have a loving wonderful family with Him.

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      Lecie 7 years ago

      i'm sorry to hear about your uncle. sounds like you were close to him. i've never been close with my extended family. my dad comes from a rich family and being that were are lower middle class they don't want anything to do with me. on my mom's side the family is a bunch of trouble making alcoholics and drug users, so i don't want anything to do with them. you are so lucky to have been close with your family and have these wonderful memories to look back on.