Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I found out today that my cousin, George Guererri Jr, aka Sonny, passed away last night. It was very unexpected in that he was not aware he had heart disease and he suffered a heart attack. He has 2 young children (around ages 4 and 6)and 2 older children. The pictures above were taken in '04. In the first one, he is standing next to his wife, Tina, and they are pregnant with thier little boy. Our Aunt Katheryn and Uncle Bubba are sitting next to her, and Uncle Bubba is hugging my son Robert. In the second picture, his little girl is in the green dress with his dad, my Uncle George (and his namesake). My mom is standing next to him holding my daughter Cameron. On the other side of the table is Uncle Bubba and Uncle Billy, my dad's two brothers.
I spent some time with his brother Ron in Atlanta a few months ago and we joked that I saw him more than Sonny, who lives within an hour of me. If only I'd taken the time. I almost called Sonny last week. His brother Ron was passing through town and called me, wanting to meet for a cup of coffee. Unfortunately I was not available but it made my day to talk to him.
So, this is in rememberance of Sonny and his friendly caring eyes, his laugh when he throws his head back, and his convictions about our great country, the christian heritage that runs deep in America, and his ferver for the great men who line our history.
I'm reading the book, Tuesdays with Morrie. It's one of those books I've been wanting to read for many years. I really like it. Morrie had a "service" while he was still alive, so all the great things you say about people aren't wasted on the dead, but rejoiced on the living. What a great principle to live by. I bet Ron would have spent the entire week last week differently when they were in Memphis, even knowing of a remote possibility that this could happen. I don't even know if he got to see his brother last week when he was in town. I sure hope so. It was just so unexpected.....