Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Leaf Falls

Carl's younger brother Billy was found dead early this evening, face-down in a shallow pond. Only the medical examiner knows for sure at this point, but I think he probably suffered a stroke or heart attack and fell forward. He was not in good health. Ironically, things were just barely beginning to turn around for him. He'd just turned 50, two months ago. In December he moved into a house on his older brother's property and was starting to make friends and feel less like a hermit. Things were probably at their best in 10 years, despite being on permanent disability and in poor health.

Billy was the youngest of six. The first to go. He also has an 18-year-old daughter who was the light of his life -- her mother died of cancer in 2002. They'd been divorced for years before that but Billy never really loved anyone else. She had remarried and Billy had had one long-term relationship, complete with stepchildren. That relationship ended about 6 years ago and then Billy lost his job. It was a mess, but moving closer to J.R. was a very positive step.

We'll be taking a 150-mile road trip sometime within the next 12 hours. Most likely there will be a long delay before he can be buried, but Carl will want to be with his family.

6 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

Sincere condolences to you and your and Carl's family.

Volly said...

Thanks!

I'm going to work today since there's little we can do right now and the overtime will come in useful with the inevitable time off next week...

We'll hit the road soon as 5pm comes.

Dana said...

I'm sorry to hear this. Thoughts will be with you and your family.

Lorena said...

Wow! You sound a bit shocked. Be well!

Persephone said...

Oh crud. I could try to come up with some more appropriate and decorous words, but "oh crud" seems to cover it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am so very sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.