I just got a call from my cousin that her brother, my cousin who was so suddenly ill with cancer, has passed away today. I don’t think I can get back down to WV for the funeral – especially with the terrible snowstorm that’s hit all of NJ all the way down into PA/MD/WV. I also don’t think I could take the drive again – I was wiped out for a week after my last trip. His name was Otho Wade, but we called him Tommy (everyone in our wacky Appalachian family has a ‘real’ name and a nickname – just like Checkov – yeah, right…)
We will miss him. He was a terrific person, gentle, kind, and really funny. The world would be a lot better if more folks were like him.