Saturday, November 25, 2006
Uncle Bob was my mother's brother. He retired from the phone company and spent his retirement years hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail each year. He almost made it to the end but last year he had to be air lifted off the trail for what was later found to be stomach cancer. We all helped him and his wife Judy celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary a few months ago. He took me on the hike back into where he and mother were born and raised . We hiked 2 miles in and 2 miles out. I had a hard time keeping up with him. He showed me where the house use to stand, where the garden was and where they played in the creek. He helped me find pieces of dishes, pottery, etc to make my daughters shadow boxes for Christmas with things from their Nannies homeplace. Uncle Bob was a quiet but a very kind and loving man. He could pull a prank with the straightest face and you would fall for it everytime. Uncle Bob was not only a very special uncle, he was the best dad and grandpop to his children and grandchildren. He won't ever get the chance to finish hiking the trail because he is on a wonderful new journey. Uncle Bob died this afternoon.