He loved to laugh, especially at himself. There are few people that know you as well as those friends you grew up with. Love you even though we never met because we are all the same, and feel the same. Dad grew up in the country, on a dairy farm a few hours from Melbourne called Toora and was surrounded by sheep, farm animals and beautiful landscape. I was watching a teenager grow into a young man—a young man with so much enthusiasm and with so many plans for the future. Last Friday, when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him.
As she explains in her personal , it was natural for her to write the eulogy given her prowess with a pen. I know 19 plus 26 is 45 and my wife and I only made 44 years eight months but I want you to have the extra four months. Her grandchildren were bringing new joy to her life, a joy that illuminated her face whenever you saw them together. I remember always trying to act like I was calm and trying to walk slow, but probably looked like I was in a race with 20 other people!! She had stories which grabbed you by the throat and choked you until tears ran from your eyes. Mom was there for all the highs and lows of her friends' lives, and I think the size of the gathering here is a testament to how much they all loved her.
How Chloe would have adored this! When I heard you speak, you reminded me of me, and how I feel about my Michael. She taught us all about love and life. A short life that, thank God, was exceptionally well lived. We absolutely adored each other and, of course, still do. It was only later that I found Susan shared my love of the old black and whites and when we were first married, spent many evenings watching and reciting lines from movies such as Casablanca and Camille, much to my delight.
I believe that she would want us all to dwell on the happy times we shared with her, and let the sad memories fade. She liked almost anything that had an Asian flair, and loved sushi. Whether that be translating documents into Italian or English or looking after the kids. Hawkins, 80, died in her bed in her Peoria home surrounded by her family — as she would have wanted. The picture for her obituary? I have heard the story a hundred times about grandpa selling the business to the boys. We also took family holidays tice per year, which made my brother and I closer with each other and our parents. In grief, people ought not be forced to wander through memories that may not be acute, well framed, and, above all, purposeful.
Not only being physically strong, Kim was incredibly mentally strong!!! I thought of her for so long that I saw her reflection in that beautiful clear blue water. He did it all and he did it while battling cancer. Donations today are to the wonderful Teenage Cancer Trust. Who knew how great his love for me would have been. You have held me up when I had no defences left and I know that you will continue to do so. He always encouraged us be involved in life—he bought out the best in us all.
He was a genuinely optimistic man. He was a cross between Clint Eastwood and the Fonz. Only in middle-of-the-night phone calls with Meghan and her friend Shaye would she admit that she was scared. She had spotted a council vehicle parked in the rest stop and went off to find the driver rather than listen to my unproductive bad language. Literally nothing would stop her.
After the girls had left home to go to university, the two of us would go camping together at the weekends. He was firm in his principles and supportive as we began to seek our own ways. It is a tribute to her level-headedness and strength that despite the most bizarre-like life imaginable after her childhood, she remained intact, true to herself. Susan, my beautiful, sweet, darling wife, may you be at peace, and God bless you. My family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have given their support, compassion and love throughout this very difficult time. But no kid wants to choose between his parents, and I resisted letting her hear what she wanted.
And that is the essence of Brandon — even with his final breath, he spared his mom the horror of the moment and he saved one last memory and smile for me. Despite this you have been a constant source of comfort to me—and sometimes a partner in crime as we fought the various ludicrous systems that prevented our children getting the right treatments at the right time. Our first of many one-on-one conversations was about dating and she quickly told me some of her own dating stories to break the ice. He became a lone soul fighting a loosing battle, and he withdrew from his friends. Growing up as a child, Kim was confident, outgoing and competitive.
He had all of you show up to support us. He was a tolerant man. Let them water whatever arid planes lie within your soul and carry on. The world will long remember their son Edward as the heir to a weighty legacy; a champion for those who had none; the soul of the Democratic Party; and the lion of the United States Senate—a man who graces nearly 1,000 laws, and who penned more than 300 laws himself. This is actually what I want to say: Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. My family and I will work hard to ensure we turn our current debilitating grief over her loss into something positive and worthwhile.
We absolutely adored each other and, of course, still do. As we all stood by her bed and looked into her big, beautiful soft eyes. I have such fond memories of sitting on his lap and taking in his stale cigarette and Aqua Velva scent while he told a few tales from his Navy days or childhood. I know that her experience will inspire all of us to make a difference. Without words she sent us all a message to keep living, loving, and laughing.