Sad Week

9 Nov

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This week our closest and dear friend, Jerry, is preparing to go home the The Lord. We have known Jerry for a long time, Joanne 45 years and me, 20 years. He was the first person to accept Joanne and I when we got together.

Over the years our relationship grew. When we moved to Florida, he was the first person to visit our home. I still remember him running thru the house across the lanai and doing a cannonball into the deep end of the pool! Whenever we visited New Jersey Jerry would try to visit with us and most years we would have dinner at his sisters home in Princeton.

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Just last year jerry and his sister moved from Scranton, Pa to West Palm Beach to be closer to his children, grand children and just a 3 hour drive from us on the west side of the state. Last year we celebrated Thanksgiving with Jerry and his family.

Over the years Jerry developed heart failure and diabetes. Three years ago it affected his kidneys to the point he needed dialysis three times a week and his heart began to fail. Two weeks ago he fell tripping over his oxygen hose, some thing common for people on oxygen.

Since I was off work Thursday and Friday, Joanne and I decided to visit him in the hospital. When we arrived at the hospital we found our friend weak, confused, incoherent and connect to machines, not the way he wanted to live!

Joanne, being a nurse and me being a former hospital chaplain, knew what was happening but we were not sure the family knew. At his sister insistence we spoke with the doctors and nurses and helped translate the medical language. Joanne mentioned hospice to the doctors and family. I suggested having family come to see him for one last time. So calls were made and hospice was contacted. Friday the children, one flew in from Washington, met with hospice and yesterday Jerry became a hospice patient.

It is now an matter of a few days before he goes home. Jerry is the kindest, nicest, warm hearted and giving person you would ever meet. He is loved by everyone and I have never heard anyone say an unkind word about Jerry.

But more that that Jerry is a faithful Christian and loves The Lord. He has been God’s faithful servant for all of his adult life. When ever I spoke with him, and it was quite often, he would always end our conversation by say “God Bless”. When I said good bye to him on Friday he said “I’m So Blessed!”

God Bless, Jerry.

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  1. The Passing of a Friend | Oldman - November 13, 2014

    […] friend Jerry died last night. He was a good friend and loved the Lord. While I know where he is, heaven, he will […]

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