I've been in a funk lately and it's showing up in my blogging. Two thousand nine ended in a big way for us. My brother went to his glory on December 31, 2009.
August 9, 1944 - December 31, 2009
His daughter put it best when she said he wanted to celebrate the coming of the new year with his wife who died about 6 years ago. I was probably closest with this brother (one of six) and talked with him about once a week. He was a strong family man and there was always room for one more in their household. He raised four children between him and his wife and they went on to raise two grandchildren. Along the way there was a nephew that moved in during his high school years and lots more that were not related in any way than by love.
His love and generosity will be missed by a lot of family and friends. When I think of Gene I think of love. I'm going to miss him.