What's Up, Doc?
Lighting a candle today for Doc, who passed away yesterday evening. Hubs was there to be with Clara. Although it was expected and Doc would have been 94 in another 2 months, thus lived an awesome and long life, I'm still heartbroken. For me, for hubs, for Clara, for all who knew Doc and had their lives touched by him (which is a LOT because he practiced medicine in Peoria from the early 1950s through the mid/late 2010s. He was also an Army medic in WW2.) I met Doc in the mid 1990s when hubs and I were "just friends" and he was the coolest 70 year old I'd ever met. Double pierced earring and quite young for his age--he embraced the hippie mentality, even though he was a bit older than most of the hippie generation. He led an interesting life. Took his young family out to sea for a few months in the early 1960s. Traveled the world. Had a deep Native American connection. Very spiritual. A little bit religious, but a lot open-minded. An all around great friend and at times, co-conspirator. We were blessed to have traveled with him and Clara while they were both still able to travel. He wanted so badly to go to Florida with us earlier this year and we nearly considered it, but since we were going to be looking for properties and not doing touristy things, we talked him out of it.
Rest easy, Doc. We will always love you. ♥