Friday, July 10, 2009

Be at peace

It's never easy to hear of a death of a person in the prime of their life. Its even harder when you know the person, especially when they are family.

I heard that a dearly loved cousin passed away this morning. He leaves behind a lovely wife, 2 young sons, and a family that will grieve deeply for his loss. I know he will be one of the many angels looking down on S & B as they grow up, and I know that their family will make sure that the memories and stories of their dad live on.

I remember that he spent part of a summer at my grandparents when I was a kid, he made an impression. I remember this teenager who taught me to play cards, and rode a motorcycle, and a sweetheart of a man who didn't mind having a curious child hanging around. This was someone I had an innocent childhood summer crush on. He grew into a good, loving man who was devoted to his family and simply a good person.

I was always happy to see Johnny, he was one of my favorite cousins. I just saw him 2 weeks ago at my cousin's wedding, a happy man proudly showing off his newest son, who is just a few months old. He seemed so strong and put together, and I will really cherish the memory of that day and the hug and kiss that we had as a hello. It ended up being the last.

Rest in Peace John Keaney. I hope you find the peace in heaven that you were searching so desperately for. I am going to miss you so much.
April 25, 1970 - July 10, 2009


BeeOhVee said...

Hugs. I'm so sorry for your loss dearest. Your family will be in my prayers.

Keri said...

I am deeply sorry for such a great loss to you and all his family. Esp. to his young little ones.

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Cathy said...

Thank you B, Keri, and Dizzy Viz for the hugs and kind words. It's not an easy time for the family. I know Johnny's sister is going to make sure that the boys know who he was, but its going to be tough.

He was laid to rest today, so I hope the healing in the family can begin.

Maura said...

HI, Cathy,

Random googling led me to this blog post that I had never before read about Johnny. Thank you for this lovely tribute to him.

It's ironic -- though I was much younger than you when your uncle John died, I felt about him the way you probably did about Johnny when you were a kid. I had an innocent kid crush on him, not so much for romantic reasons but because he was one cousin who made time for me even though I was painfully shy, who smiled a huge smile and looked happy to see me every time we had a holiday or family event together. When he died, it knocked my world akilter, but I was acutely aware that the pain that your dad, Bob, and Sue were feeling must have been so many million times worse because he was their brother.

When I can take one step away from the pain of John's death, it's surreal to me that you all lost your John and now we've lost ours too. I like to think there's a Heaven where they both can feel all the love we still have for them.

Your kind words on FB meant a lot to me, even though you weren't able to come down for services -- the fact that you took care of Maddy so that your dad and Patty could be here means a lot, and I know you were with us in spirit. Hope to see you soon.