by Erika Lynne Jones
Quiet expresser of emotion
Guardian of hearts, yet often at the expense of his own
Protector of our rights
Maker of traditions: egg nog, Christmas tree dashes and fireworks are my favorite
Provider for his girls,
Lou, Kim and Erika, in ways we did not see, know or understand
Singer of carols, doo-wop and love songs (we know, you could have been a famous man).
Humor at every occasion: weddings, funerals, midnight masses.
The more stoic, the more laughter.
Collector of trains, chess sets and everything really.
Charismatic leader in his work and community at large
Loyal to family, friends and his brotherhood of crimson and cream
Thrill seeker: roller coaster companion, fast drives to Forest Park
Passionate debater of all topics
Teacher of many; especially me