Although I was just getting to know him, I have been so affected by the passing of a man with smiling Irish eyes. Gentle, ready with an easy hug, he had a way of making even strangers feel welcome and included.
Catholic by birth, Unitarian by choice, he embodied the principles of UU, by the value he placed on the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and acceptance of others- no matter their lifestyle, the color of their skin or how they viewed the world.
He has left us all much too soon. He still had much traveling to do with his beloved wife, partner and soulmate. She, his stepson and all who knew and enjoyed him will miss him for a long, long time.