What we have lost and what we have gained

Last Sunday we lost Uncle Jerry.  We lost a mentor, a second father, a wise counselor, a wealth of knowledge, a family man.  We lost an example of how to live our faith without apology and with boldness tempered with compassion and grace.  We lost a little bit of the preservation of tradition, in both the fire service and our family history.  We each lost a little piece of ourselves.

 

Over this last week we gained a reminder that life is short and can end at any time.  We gained a new found urge to renew family ties and friendships.  We gained even more respect for the immense strength, both emotionally and spiritually, of his wife and daughters.  We gained a new perspective on how we want our life to be lived and, therefore, remembered.  We each gained a little piece of him.

 

Jerry Heater

1944-2010

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