I never knew a time without Jack being part of my life. He was there before I was even born. It was always Jack and ShaMayne. He blessed me as a baby. He and ShaMayne took me in every summer and off my parents hands so they could work with their 9 other children who were still home, and my grandparents who lived with them, my grandmother needing much care with her alzheimers.
I loved to visit ShaMayne and Jack because they had babies for me to play with and spend time with, and I loved the babies. I also very much loved every moment I could spend with Jack in the yard working, or singing songs with him while he played the guitar. Or watching Star Wars or Pride and Prejudice. John Denver became one of my very favorite singers from spending so much time singing the songs with Jack. Jack knew how to listen, and he knew how to give gentle guidance and correction. He was always so inspired in what to say and how to say it. He didn’t rush the process and would sit with you until you understood what you needed to.
I always knew he loved me. He was always like a second father. I've never really considered him an "in-law" because he has been in the family longer then me. He's just always been there. Always and forever has been brother to me. Imaging life without him is very difficult. The future family get togethers where we won’t hear his guitar playing or hear his gentle voice singing. The tickles he gave to everyone. (It was a tender mercy that the last day I got to see him, was his last good day, and even though he was on Morphine, he was in a good mood, and he knew who I was, and he even reached over and tickled me when I hugged him goodbye.) We will miss the wisdom he shared with us and the time he’d put aside when we needed someone to talk to. I texted him more then once with things that were bothering me, and he’s always get back to me and explain and talk until I could feel better and understand. I loved how much he loved my sister and how good he was to her. He was so gentle with her, you could always see how much he adored her. He loved to give her gifts and surprises, and he was the most respectful, loving husband to her.
I will miss him so much. My life has been blessed to have known him my WHOLE life. My life was blessed because he was in it. He left a wonderful legacy behind.
Till we meet again…