Dear Uncle Don~
I learned this morning that you left us in the wee hours of the night.
That's just like you to slip away quietly. I hope you know you were surrounded my many in mind and spirit. I'd like to think Aunt Jean was waiting for you with open arms.
I'm sure she was. And Hogan and Tom were there wagging their tails.
You were more af a dad to me than an Uncle. You were my rock.
We shared so much. Our love of nature and all living things.
There wasn't anything that didn't fascinate you.
I'll miss our weekly talks and I'll treasure all the conversations between us.
You were my confidant and true friend.
When my friends put you up in their guest room while we were packing to move, you became family in an instant. You never enter a life without entering their hearts.
You dazzled us all with your self-taught piano magic. Fats Waller would have been proud of you!
My life is richer for having known you.
There's a giant space in this world without you in it, but I know there's a new star in the sky now.
You shined bright while you were here, too.