Saturday, December 19, 2009
WE CELEBRATED THE LIFE OF DICK MANCUSO....
Gary and I just returned from a celebration for our good friend, Dick Mancuso. He did not want calling hours or a regular funeral...just a memorial service at the college, where we worked as a Professor of Physics for 40 years.
Madonna (as I call her) has dedicated her self to his care for over three years...
Today she and her kids...David, Jennifer and Gina had to be in awe of the number of people who came out to honor him. There must have been over 600 seated in the Ballroom, all had some sort of connection to Dick.
When we had our barn party in October, Dick and Donna arrived with looks of concern on their faces...he had just been given bad news about his condition. They did not want to attend...but they joined us anyway.
As we had a live band (and Dick and Donna were ballroom dancers)...they were out on that floor doing their thing. He danced for the better part of two hours....and enjoyed it.
Surrounded by many of his colleagues and friends... he had some real quality time.
Today one of his golfing buddies (Jim Cook) was the main speaker... He knew Dick well and actually had us in stitches a few times. Dick's brother also spoke, as did David, Jennifer and Gina. I don't know how they did it...I am very proud of them. Opening and closing remarks were made by Tony and Mary Ann P. I wish I had a copy of the piece regarding "Ethics." You had to be there....
It was INDEED! a celebration of this man's life. By the time we left, I could see that his family was at peace.
Madonna said she will be joining us for dinner 3 or 4 times a week! And we can't wait.