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Defination of a Good Man

Updated on March 27, 2012
David always went that extra mile!
David always went that extra mile! | Source

In October 2009 we lost my Brother in Law David after a very courageous battle against caner. This would be the third time David faced this demon and as in the past, he never gave up hope. What I always admired about David was his humility. He never said a cross word to anyone or about another person. He was always there for his family and friends. He under went several surgeries, rounds of chemo and radiation he took it all in stride, no complains, being alive was a blessing so instead of feeling sorry for himself he enjoyed his family and friends. He was devoted to my sister, planning special surprises. There was the time he arranged to take her to dinner in Boston and let it quietly during dessert they would be going to see Barbara Streisand after their coffee was served. Took her on cruises, painted their house while she was at work. His love and generosity had no boundaries. Whatever you needed he would provide. Prior to his retirement he was a corrections officer and the night of is wake I believe every person he worked with for 20 yrs came to say their goodbyes and be there for the family. I've never seen so many grown men in one room crying so openly, so honestly touched by this man. They all echoed the same sentiments that they broke the mold when they made David, that he was such a good and caring man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother in law and friend. Below is a poem, Measure of a Man that was read at his funeral and it fit David to a tee. It's almost like this was written just for him.

THE MEASURE OF A MAN Submitted by: LONGINUS Author: Anonymous

Not - How did he die? But - How did he live?
Not - What did he gain? But - What did he give?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not - What was his station? But - had he a heart?
And - How did he play his God-given part?

Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer?
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not - What was his church? Not - What was his creed?
But - Had he befriended those really in need?

Not - What did the sketch in the newspaper say?
But - How many were sorry when he passed away?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

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      zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

      This was a very beautiful poem. I'm sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Thank You, God Bless you and yours as well!!

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      I.W. McFarlane 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Sorry to hear about the loss of a dearest one. May God continue to carry the family through. Although nothing can or will ever replace the life of our dearest ones,by simply remembering their goodness can be somewhat therapeutic.

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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Thank You Mackyi. I agree that remembering them and their goodness helps in the healing process.

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