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Funeral for a Friend

In a few minutes I'll be leaving to go to a viewing. Unlike probably any other viewing I've ever been to, the background music will take in Boston, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen. My friend, and Deb's uncle, Bill Hickle passed on in his sleep in the early morning hours, Monday, March 21. He was 61 years old. He had been battling complications due to diabetes and congestive heart failure for several years. He was the Mayor ofthe Village of Astoria for over 20 years and loved by many. He was also the founder of our pyrotechnics team. Tomorrow, his funeral will be a full military affair, honoring his service in the US Navy during Viet Nam. A bagpiper will also play Amazing Grace. Immediately following this, those of us to whom he was a mentor for countless fireworks shows, will launch 36-4" aerial salutes carrying locks of his hair. I can't think of a more fitting end. Though Amazing Grace will probably have me in tears but the veterans band playing Taps will already have me there.

Peace,

Wander

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sandstar
Mar. 23rd, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
{{{{Big Hugs}}}} to you and Deb...
wander
Mar. 24th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks much.

W
redsgoddes
Mar. 23rd, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. I'll say a prayer for you and Deb.
wander
Mar. 24th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks kiddo

W
brankauti
Mar. 24th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. *hugs* Sounds like a wonderful way to remember him, though.
wander
Mar. 24th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
At the viewing last night I noticed they had placed his shoot shirt (the protective shirts we wear when shooting fireworks) in his coffin with him.

Wander
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wander
Mar. 24th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. He'd just been fighting his illnesses for a long time and I think he just got tired of fighting all the time.

W
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crisis_averted
Mar. 24th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
My condolenced to you and Deb.
I'm sorry.
wander
Mar. 24th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Everyone is holding up pretty well.

W
aronal
Mar. 24th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
Condolences and hugs.
wander
Mar. 24th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks love,

W
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