B.Tindall had this to say, "As our mother's 91st birthday approached, we wondered about a gift for someone who is trying to downsize and has everything she wants and needs. When our father passed a few years ago, he left behind hundreds of distinctive bow ties -- he was a history professor and the ties were his trademark (he didn't own even one long tie).
We found the one he was wearing in a favorite photo. Sherry had beautifully framed a 1913 document from my great-grandmother several years ago, so we knew she could put together a stunning presentation.
This was especially challenging as both of us live 3,000 miles away! Bruce was in Chapel Hill for the birthday celebration, and picked of the gift and presented it to our mom. To say she LOVES it would be an understatement. I haven't seen it yet, but she went on and on about it, and it occupies a a prominent spot on the wall of her home. It's almost as if our dad is still with us. I can't wait to see it!"
S. Clark had this to say, "This picture is special to me because my cousin, Doug (whose mother and my Dad shared the same birth date, March 26), often took him fishing. They shared a special bond between uncle and nephew and Doug is sharing special moments with his son, Daryl, fishing at Chesapeake. Doug learned not only about fishing but life in general from my Dad. Doug speaks highly of him and is still amazed at his positive can/will do attitude as he had rheumatoid arthritis – stating, 'how did he do it' – 'how did he not complain' – 'how did he create such beautiful pieces of furniture'. Doug has a form of arthritis and when it hurts and the joints are stiff, he thinks of Uncle Sam. My Dad never complained, never said a bad word about anyone, was a friend to all, was humorous, was a great carpenter/woodworker, was very wise, and LOVED his family and friends.
My Dad was a true fisherman. He said, "you have to be there when they are biting"; and, we (family and friends) were with him – sometimes sleeping, but not him. He slept later – had to be awake when the 'pole bends' – a lot of enjoyment for him."