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My friend Don was called home tonight. He and I have known each other for 40 years. He was my first boss and from the start we were friends. He from a working class family, me from the snotty rich part of Connecticut but with early childhood days in a town like Don’s - my family gained its money Nouveau Riche style when my old school grandparents died and left my only child father a bundle.
 
We became the brothers we never had both of us getting close to each other’s family.
 
Latter in life Don struggled with alcoholism that robbed him of two marriages and his health. He was old before his time. He was in a nursing home when his sister and sons allowed him to try one more time in Florida, under the care of my family.
 
We found an apartment for him down the street from our house and Mr. Don became a fixture at our house, Sunday dinners, he’d come by to walk our dog, and see his good friend Penny, often. Everyone on my staff knew him and loved him.
 
He was a pain in the butt but he was my pain in the butt and I loved him.
 
His adult son had a child, he and wife bought a house across the Bay and a town home for Don around the corner. His son is a high rolling professional gambler, former college QB who appears on those Texas Hold ‘em TV tournaments. So he took charge of Don in July.
 
But Don’s health was going south fast. He had 3 surgeries for stuff related to pancreatitis in two months including one to stop an aneurism from bursting. His last surgery was two weeks ago but instead of improving he got worse and worse and worse, quickly. He slipped into a coma two weeks ago when he pulled the drain out that his doctor had installed - it instantly spread the infection through his body and sent him into sceptic shock.
 
I did last rites for him a week ago, he had a slight rebound, enough for his sister and other son to make it down from CT and see him as well as for Penny to stop in to say good bye.
 
Don was an avid Packer fan and his son Jason was with him last night and watched the game. That’s just how my buddy would have wanted it. Today was the day the angels came for him.
 
Sorry to bore all of you with this but I’m horribly sad, sad for his boys whom I have watched grow to manhood and his sister who is also a friend who has already buried a husband (also a friend) and son - we were with Don when we learned of his death.
 
Rest In Peace my friend. I will miss you!
 
 
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My friend Don was called home tonight. He and I have known each other for 40 years. He was my first boss and from the start we were friends. He from a working class family, me from the snotty rich part of Connecticut but with early childhood days in a town like Don’s - my family gained its money Nouveau Riche style when my old school grandparents died and left my only child father a bundle.
 
We became the brothers we never had both of us getting close to each other’s family.
 
Latter in life Don struggled with alcoholism that robbed him of two marriages and his health. He was old before his time. He was in a nursing home when his sister and sons allowed him to try one more time in Florida, under the care of my family.
 
We found an apartment for him down the street from our house and Mr. Don became a fixture at our house, Sunday dinners, he’d come by to walk our dog, and see his good friend Penny, often. Everyone on my staff knew him and loved him.
 
He was a pain in the butt but he was my pain in the butt and I loved him.
 
His adult son had a child, he and wife bought a house across the Bay and a town home for Don around the corner. His son is a high rolling professional gambler, former college QB who appears on those Texas Hold ‘em TV tournaments. So he took charge of Don in July.
 
But Don’s health was going south fast. He had 3 surgeries for stuff related to pancreatitis in two months including one to stop an aneurism from bursting. His last surgery was two weeks ago but instead of improving he got worse and worse and worse, quickly. He slipped into a coma two weeks ago when he pulled the drain out that his doctor had installed - it instantly spread the infection through his body and sent him into sceptic shock.
 
I did last rites for him a week ago, he had a slight rebound, enough for his sister and other son to make it down from CT and see him as well as for Penny to stop in to say good bye.
 
Don was an avid Packer fan and his son Jason day with him last night and watched the game. That’s just how my buddy would have wanted it. Today was the day the angels came for him.
 
Sorry to bore all of you with this but I’m horribly sad, sad for his boys whom I have watched grow to manhood and his sister who is also a friend who has already buried a husband (also a friend) and son - we were with Don when we learned of his death.
 
Rest In Peace my friend. I will miss you!
 
 
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Rev sorry to hear of your dear friend's passing, I'm sure your world feels a bit emptier right now. Glad you felt comfortable enough with us to share your loss.
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Rev, I am sorry for your loss. Words will never be enough. All we can do is remember the good times.


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Rev - that was tough to read, my deepest sympathies for your loss. My prayers are with you, Don, and Don's family. 

Rest In Peace.

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Sorry for your loss Rev. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends family.


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Wonderful tribute to your friend. Sorry for your loss. You obviously were a very important and good part of his tough life.

Thoughts and prayers to you and his family.


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So sorry for your loss. A friend from that far back is a true lifelong buddy. He was blessed to have you and your family.



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Rev, your story was hard to read, but I know telling the story makes Don's passing a little easier.   My condolences to you and to Don's family.  

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Rev, your story was hard to read, but I know telling the story makes Don's passing a little easier.   My condolences to you and to Don's family.  



You’re spot on Kenny - I needed to get that off my chest in a big way. I’m sorry to have burdened everyone here with it. MGS is a safe place to share something like this.

Thanks guys for reading and being that safe place.


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Kev, sorry to read of your mates passing. Our thoughts are with you and both of your families.

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Rev,

Sorry for your loss and thanks for sharing; I consider it a blessing that you feel comfortable enough to share your life with us like that.

Sounds like Don was a terrific guy and you and your family have many many fond memories of him.  

May God bless your family and his.

Jason

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4 hours ago, revkev said:


You’re spot on Kenny - I needed to get that off my chest in a big way. I’m sorry to have burdened everyone here with it. MGS is a safe place to share something like this.

Thanks guys for reading and being that safe place.
 

Don't feel sorry about burdening us.   I think I can speak for all of your buddies here on MGS; you have a lot going on in your life, both happy and sad, and we are happy to help when ever we can.

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Thank-you for sharing this with us Rev. God bless you and your family and God bless Don and his family in this sad time for everyone. Keep your chin up and maybe have a sip of a fine brandy with a nice cigar in salute to your dear old friend while you remember the good times. I will say a prayer for all of you myself

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