Doug was active in most events, often handling announcements at luncheons (which we conduct twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and as an accomplished musician, he provided music at special events and sometimes just to lift the spirits of whoever happened to be around. Doug was a quick wit as well and humor was a part of his everyday demeanor. He will be sorely missed.
Gene was a quiet man, but extremely sincere and helpful with projects here at the Center and was a driving force in helping to facilitate the new bathroom project we took on a couple of years back. His extensive knowledge of construction played a very helpful part in planning as well as execution in making that endeavor a success. You couldn't ask for a better friend to the group, and he will also be very missed.
Below are two tributes, written by loved ones as noted. Each will give you greater insight into the two men. You can click on the pictures to enlarge and make it easier to read.
I'm Free, Author Unknown
"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following paths God made for me.
I took his hand I heard him call,
Then turned, and bid farewell to all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to sing, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found my peace...at close of play.
And if my parting left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened...deep with sorrow,
I wish you sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full I've savored much.
Good friends, good times, A loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wants me now...He set me free"
About 25 were in attendance for the ceremony which was catered by Hewlett Packard volunteers who brought in BBQ lunch prepared by Back Forty BBQ in Roseville. It was both popular and much appreciated.
The TABLE is small and set for one to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.
The TABLECLOTH is white symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The SINGLE RED ROSE (two for both men in this case) displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting their return.
The VASE is tied with a yellow ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
The CANDLE is lit reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
A SLICE OF LEMON is on the bread plate to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
A PINCH OF SALT symbolizes the tears endured by those missing, and their families as they wait.
The BIBLE represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The GLASS is inverted to symbolize their inability to share this afternoon's toast.
The CHAIRS are empty - they are missing.
It was a nice tribute to these two men, a Celebration of their Lives, and they will both be missed and remembered for their contributions to this group and this place, our Veterans Community Center.