Yesterday, with profound sadness, I bade farewell to a dear friend and a fantastic human being, John David Drayton, who left us on new year’s day.
Jack was a member of our pipe and cigar group and was very well-loved by everyone. As a great raconteur, he would entertain us by telling us all kinds of amusing stories that often left us roaring with laughter.
I went to the wake with seven others from our group. There wasn’t a dry eye at the wake.
Jack, I saw you in your casket, a picture of peace and serenity. You had a beautiful pipe in your pocket, and you looked resplendent in your suit, with a red tie from your fraternity. May your soul rest in eternal repose.
I will miss your energy, your engaging presence, your Southern drawl, your cowboy boots, your sense of humor, your smiles and laughter, and your funny stories.
Indeed, you will forever be missed but I know at the right time, I will meet you again – in heaven.
And when we meet I’ll be crying again. This time, it won’t be tears of sorrow; instead my eyes will be tearing from laughter caused by the funny stories I know you’ll once more be telling me!
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