To the Editor:

Recently I attended a Memorial Service for a local veteran. The person being honored served his country during World War II, loved the outdoors, adored his family and judging by the number of people in attendance, had made an impression on many people.

The thing that intrigued me about this was that those in attendance were all ages. I would guess from 4 to 94. The fact that this individual had been a local businessman gave some indication that there was a reason that part of the business name was “service.”

Service seemed to be a recurring part of this gentleman’s life. Service to his country, service to his community, service to his family. But beyond that, he made me feel good when I saw him. He always had a compliment, a smile and sometimes a ribald joke. But he always took time to make other people feel “special.”

In this age of texting and tweeting, we appear to be losing “the touch.” That ability to smile, wave and be recognized in return loses out to the “smart” phone. But for an afternoon, a large group of family, friends and community members were able to share stories about a “Legend.” Rest easy, old friend.

ANONYMOUS