Farewell, Dad – we will miss you.
He lived from October of 1923 to May of 2011. He went through some of the most difficult years in world history, and came through, not wholly unscathed or unscarred. He managed to raise a family while working two jobs most of the time. Although not perfect, he was a very honorable man. He stood by his kids no matter what, or so it seems to the author. To the very end, he was supportive of my projects, my hopes and dreams. He used to say, “I’m in your corner - I want to see you win.” He always wanted our happiness and prosperity, no matter what.
He will be often thought of, and often missed. He is in all of us offspring. It is hoped that he can rejoin all of his friends, and his first wife, in a better place.
In recent years, his health had declined. The last time I saw him was last fall, around September 2010. He looked tired, and his arms were bothering him. But he was eager to discuss family genealogy information, and helped me find a few new ancestors. He also helped correct some errors in a family poetry booklet I made – it could be said, that book was co-authored by Dad. It was still a shock to me that he left us on this day, a Monday in May, when the outdoors is exploding with beauty. I planted some tomatoes in his honor, and I am hopeful that I can help sponsor some kind of greater memorial to Dad. He certainly deserves it.
In Fond Memory - Lewis B. Wilson, Jr. 1923-2011