Friday, 1 July 2011

Missing a Great Man

There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. ~Author Unknown

Our family was struck with a tragedy June 16. My Uncle Dale was killed in a car accident and taken from us much too soon. My heart has been breaking and I have no words to express my sorrow, he will be missed by so many family and friends.

A classic Dale pose

My brother & sister-in-law are in Australia and were unable to attend the funeral, but sent this beautiful tribute to Dale;

Farewell Dale

Words can often say,
The remorse and sorrow we feel,
But for the Legend we miss today,
Words cannot be yield.

A life robbed of time,
We will never forget his loss,
But smile and reminisce the times of good,
This great man we were privileged to cross.

Whiskey, wine and women,
Were legacy to the Legend we know,
LIved his life like a free spirit,
His mischief and fun were true.

With women on his mind,
And rodeo on the go,
This farm boy with a wild heart,
Was never far from a show.

An 8 time Canadian champion,
Rodeo was in his veins,
But the brotherly bond that made his team,
Was tougher then ropes and reins.

Accustomed to shorts,
To this he was a strange fellow,
Thought his legs were best bare,
Even at thirty below.

A plan was in the making,
To get a couple of Russian brides,
Even had his nephew out searching,
Russia's great countryside.

Suba diving was another passion,
Exploring the seas mystic creatures,
He travelled wide and far to dive,
And examine bikini features.

We heard the early Angels warning,
In the heavenly clouds above,
That there's a cowboy on his way,
And he's still chasing down love.

But all the fun aside,
A man true and honest to all,
He has inspired us to be free,
To be proud and stand tall.

He was a family man,
Who knew his roots were deep in Ashbacher sands,
Loved his two beautiful children,
More then anyone could understand.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him,
And also with family and friends,
We wish we could be with you,
In these times of tethered ends.

But we know he will be up there,
And he will find his way,
Ride those clouds like a cowboy,
And watch over us every day.

We will miss you forever and always,
Rest in Peace Uncle Dale.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Thanks for all the great memories Uncle Dale, you will be missed. Love you!

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