Yesterday we lost a great man. He lived a great 90+ years and passed away at home in his favorite chair. His passing is bittersweet. Everyone that was honored to know him will surely miss his warm smile and cheerful demeanor yet shouldn't we all be so lucky as to live more than 90 years in great health, watch your children grow and have their own babies and watch those babies grow and have theirs....
My great Uncle Freddie was a wonderful person. He hosted 70+ of our family at his home every year for the Annual Rapallo Party. His family, in it's entirety --- cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins, spouses, children, stepchildren --- was his passion. His door was open to everyone. He greeted every person with genuine warmth and hospitality. Nothing made him happier than that party - to witness his family growing and thriving.
I hope yesterday Uncle Freddie was reunited with his wife, his daughter, my grandfather and grandmother ...and all of his family & friends that went before him. I hope he was able to tell them all about their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren down here. I hope he went with a smile knowing that his family will carry on his tradition of getting together every year to celebrate our heritage. I hope he realizes that he taught us all an invaluable lesson of the importance of family and roots. I hope yesterday the Heavens rejoiced and maybe the Sandy Hook children that went before him got some $2 bills and silver dollars. Rest in Peace, Sweet Uncle Freddie.