RAYMOND LOMELY: A TRIBUTE TO A GOOD MAN
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.
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
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