I can’t really pin down a single memory that is a favorite from my lifetime shared with my Uncle Johnny because they’re all my favorite. UJ had a way of making the mundane fun, of creating play from chore, and laughing all the while. Sweeping his shop, or getting water from the well at the cabin, or doing dishes, these were never boring when doing them for him. He teased us lovingly. He gave advice unflinchingly. He loved us unconditionally. UJ was beloved, not because he was a saintly person, but because he was intensely human. UJ lived every day fully. He died yesterday just nineteen days shy of his 91st birthday.
He was many things to many people. To me he was always my cheerleader. He was proud of me, and I know that because he told me it was so. UJ loved so many. And so many loved him back. I’m a better person for his love, and I will miss him.
God speed UJ.
#1 by Marie Johnson on January 10, 2019 - 11:20 pm
You said everything I could have but didn’t find the words. I feel so grateful to have called him Uncle. The memories not only to my generation but also to two more generations will last many more. As long as we keep him in our hearts he will never die. Not my quote but fits so well. I loved him deeply and he will be so missed. There’s an empty place in my heart today. I hope in time it will be filled with lovely memories.
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#2 by Amy Haines on January 10, 2019 - 11:30 pm