Eulogy for My Second Father
H ow do you describe a man of vitality? A
E ulogy is only as good as the spirit behind it.
W hen Gordo called saying AI have bad news for you,@
A certain denouement flashed before my eyes. The
S ense of dread when the demon of mortality calls.
L et=s face it. Death don=t have no mercy. To be
A stute, death has a face which we all must face. The
R eality, a sense of shock absorbed all too quickly.
G reat friends, persons, fathers, like Dick, do not happen by chance.
E ven though we had not spoken, frequently, for years, his
R each was more than words whispered in my ear. Truth be
T old, his friendship shouted like a tree. Tall. And proud.
H e was larger than life, as the acrostic in the margin reveals.
A s with anything worth the effort, you must make the effort.
N ow that his person is no longer with us, his spirit is
L eft to guide our ways and means. He just won=t let us down.
I f Dick were here B correct that B as Dick is here in this room with us,
F or all of us in our hearts, he celebrates and asks
E ach of us to join him . Remember, he was a true
B eliever in the ’27 Yankees. That line-up, Hell, today’s line-up:
U nusual times demand unusual actions. It is for us to
T ake the opportunity to reflect on the man and his magic.
M ake the fingerprint he left on each of our hearts an
E xperience not just for today but for all times. Because,
A s I see it this
N uance, seance, our wants, our needs can be met. George S. Kaufman: “I like
T erra firma; the more firma, the less terra” and “I understand your play is full of
S ingle entrendres.” Sense of adventure or vense of adsenture?
O ne can only hope that it is both. In this upside-down world
M y sense and vense is that Dick had it nailed, always. We put
U p with a lot when we take the chance of friendship. I
C hallenge each of you to look around at Dick=s extended family
H ug your neighbors with his spirit and leave his Lovelight on.
I n a perfect...