A little more than a year ago I wrote here about my Aunt Stella. Today we laid my Uncle Eddie to rest beside her. This is where the intellectual and the emotional collide. He hasn't been well or happy, but we weren't prepared to let him go. We wanted more time.
He was a wonderful husband and father. My Dad's twin brother, younger brother to Esther and older brother to Mitzi. And for all of the family the one
thing we agreed on…We loved him as he loved
us…unconditionally. We were lucky enough to spend summers in the mountains, weekends at resorts and one unforgettable vacation in Florida with him. There were parties and brunches and dinners and he kept us laughing always. He was a people magnet and he made friends almost literally by saying hello. He could draw cartoon characters free hand and delight all of the children for hours on end. He entered the room smiling and dropped everything when someone needed him.
I could go on for pages, but I really want those of us who were lucky enough to know him to share the joy that was Eddie.
When he was sitting Shiva for Aunt Stella in 2007 my mother, father and I went to visit. Losing her was very hard on him and he seemed a little lost. They were together almost 60 years. He said to us…
"She was always there for me. When I had cancer, she was there. When I closed my business she was there. When I had my first stroke AND my second stroke she was there. When I had pneumonia she was there. I'm telling you…that woman was a jinx!"
The delivery was with an absolute straight face. Deadpan. We were howling! Vintage Eddie.
I'm sure over time I'll have more to add, but until then…anyone else want to share?