Last night my Mother's gentleman friend,Fred, quietly passed away. His family was there , as was my Mother. The details of his death are not important, but the manner in which he lived are. I think that Mom said it best when she said " He died like he lived, with dignity!"
Fred and Mom spent Friday mornings calling bingo for the residents at one of the nursing homes. They usually spent Friday evenings at my Mother's house playing cards. Fred loved his cards! He was also an avid sports fan, especially baseball. It was not uncommon for the television to be on and tuned to a sports activity with the sound off while the card game was going on.
Fred was 95 years young and really valued his independence. My Mom isn't that old, but independence is important to her as well. They both stayed active mentally and, for the most part, enjoyed life in general. Mom even still quilts, and presently has taken up doing crafts again. They were good companions and complimented one another well.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that Fred had a lot of friends, was a true gentleman, and left a gentle footprint on the Earth. He will be missed by all of us.