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May 24, 1946 - September 6, 2009

A Letter to My Dear Uncle John

You have been there for many of the firsts in my life, offering guidance, support and your unconditional love.

Let me begin with one of our first encounters. I believe it was 1969 and it was the first (and last time) I ran away from home. I vividly recall you finding me on Knight Street and bringing me home. How was I to know that your care and concern would foreshadow the future of our relationship? Since that day, you always treated me like a daughter.

Fast forwarding to 1976, I worked my first summer job at Home of Cantu. You took me under your wing and taught me much about work ethic, a lot about dusting and a little about kitchen design.

Through some difficult times during 1986, once again you treated me like a daughter. Amid frustration, tears and uncertainty you stepped up to the plate and game me away at my wedding. Your support was unsurpassable.

Throughout the years you taught me many things… The rewards of using a good can of paint, the smell of roses growing in a garden and the taste of a good glass of wine… You even introduced me to my love of Las Vegas… Looking back through the years, we had shared many fun times together.

From having Knots Landing nights in the late 80s to sharing our love of the Vancouver Canucks during your last few years, you were always a constant; a friend, an uncle, a father.

Where ever I was in my life, I knew that I could always call and you would listen with an unjudgemental ear. You were always a dependable confidante, one who I respected and admired deeply.

Uncle John, thank you for helping me become the woman that I am today. Words will never be able to express my gratitude for all that you have done for me.

Affectionately, love always,
Missing and never forgetting,
Your niece

When I Get Where I’m Going by Brad Paisley (featuring Dolly Parton)

When I get where I’m going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I’m gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly

I’m gonna land beside a lion
And run my fingers through his mane
Or I might find out what it’s like
To ride a drop of rain

Yeah when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here

I’m gonna walk with my grand daddy
And he’ll match me step for step
And I’ll tell him how I missed him
Every minute since he left
Then I’ll hug his neck
[Repeat chorus]

So much pain and so much darkness
In this world we stumble through
All these questions I can’t answer
So much work to do

But when I get where I’m going
And I see my maker’s face
I’ll stand forever in the light
Of his amazing grace
Yeah when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will love and have no fear
When I get where I’m going
Yeah when I get where I’m going

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