Sorry for the lack of posts. Uncle died on Sunday around midnight. The funeral was this morning. A rainy, cold, overcast Spring morning. Sooooooo hard! So sad. Yet happy. So many thoughts and memories. BUT it was his time. I KNOW he is in heaven with Auntie Bea.
Two VERY special people in my life. Like second parents. If anything would have happened to Mom & Dad, Auntie & Uncle would always be there, we knew it, they told us, we felt it! They gave the same love and advise parents do…always there to encourage and correct…even after we were older and married.
Some of my MOST special memories are of my childhood on the farm in Ontario. Uncle was a chicken farmer for many years. Raising chickens for KFC. Haha guess that’s why I like KFC so much 😀 His and Auntie Bea’s children like my brothers and sisters. We played together, shared so much, were at and in each other’s weddings. When David & I got engaged we traveled to Ontario for a visit so he could meet them and get their approval. And even after we kept going back. We took our children back. Auntie & Uncle were very important to us.
In the early 1980’s ( 1982 I think) Uncle was diagnosed with cancer, very serious and the prognosis was not good at that time…but he recovered. I was married in 1986 and Auntie & Uncle traveled from Ontario for the wedding. Uncle gave the “Toast to the Bride” I wouldn’t have wanted any other to this. It was special. He was special. Over the last 30 some years, Uncle has battled cancer…so serious, a lot of pain, very close calls, but he was strong and always came through. This time however, it was not to be…it was his time.
We were thrilled when they retired and moved to Nova Scotia, building a home across the street from my parents. It was wonderful. We’d visit Mom & Dad, then visit ( or wave to Auntie & Uncle) It was so great to visit and enjoy family. So convenient to see my cousins and their kids and now grandkids when they came to Nova Scotia. BBQ’s, family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, my kid’s graduations…lots and lots of memories.
The Spring before we went to China Auntie passed away with cancer. It was very sudden, very sad. We NEVER expected she would go first. It left a huge void in our lives. We missed her. Uncle remarried the following year…he was lonely. After all, he and Aunt had been together since they were 18. They married young. It was so difficult to see but at least he wouldn’t be lonely. Now we are home from expat and this Spring it was Uncle’s time. Time to finish this fight of cancer and go HOME with Auntie.
I have been so sad these days, so many thoughts… sad today saying goodbye because not only is it goodbye to a dear Uncle but also saying goodbye to an era really…to two dear and special people that where a HUGE and WONDERFUL part of my life, who will always be remembered, NEVER forgotten!!
I LOVED you BOTH soooooo MUCH!!!
So Uncle, it’s time to say Farewell ( always LOVED this smile), BUT we will meet again one day…
PS. I ate a lot of Solomon Gundy this week Uncle while I was cleaning and remembering ( I know it was your favourite)
The end of an era BUT We will not forget…
Carl Herman DeLong March 10,1935- April 20, 2015