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September 18, 2014


From Ginger… About our lovable Balinese cat “Scrunch”.


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September 15, 2014-- Today marks the passing of one of my best friends and one of the loves of my life. We were blessed with him for over 15 years. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in May of this year. He faced it with dignity and strength. He never complained and fortunately never appeared to suffer. He just carried on but grew progressively more fatigued during the last couple of weeks. He started to fail last night and today passed at 3:00pm. John was fortunate to have spent this last day with him and he held on until I arrived home from work. Together we held and comforted one of our best friends as he passed from this life to the next. He passed quietly, quickly, and with minimal suffering. He died as he lived, with great gentleness.

Our gentle Ben, our Tater-Tot as we fondly called him has moved on to a more peaceful place. He is gone for now but we have our memories of him and his love, and will see him again some day.

Farewell for now to our beloved Scrunch. You will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered. God bless and Godspeed on your next journey.

The Rainbow Bridge

By the edge of the wood, at the foot of the hill,

Is a lush green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just that instant their eyes have met,

Together again both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from the past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then side-by-side,

They cross over....Together.

Inspired by a Norse legend

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I worked for "Hoagy" Carmichael at COMNAVBASE San Diego '83 - '84, while recovering from cancer treatments. The Admiral always had time to stop and talk to the Duty Drivers, always like him.

Posted by: Stan Schrock | May 13, 2015 1:56:18 PM

It is so sad when great friend separate but sadder yet is never knowing those friends that pass. My hope is that you only remember the companionship that you shared and not the passing.

Posted by: Cliff | Sep 21, 2014 4:42:54 PM

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