I take notes during eulogies. I’m a student of life and when a life is well lived I want to take note of the how’s and the why’s, learning anything I can.
Here are some notes from a eulogy for a funeral of a friend’s dad and the granddad of one of one of my kid’s teammates:
- Never down.
- Specific instructions: “Work Hard, Play Hard and Have Fun.””
- Never said he was from Seattle. He always said, “I’m from Everett.” (proud of his home town).
- On his first day on the job at the Chrysler and Dodge dealership, which he would later own, he crashed a car.
- “Did you see that…Did you see that.”
- “Hard work is the great equalizer.”
- Delivered newspapers on horseback and ended his route by horse and him swimming in Silver Lake.
- Loved to watch people grow.
- “If it’s not fun, don’t do it.”
- Knew of only two opinions, his and a wrong one.
- “I’m having so much fun, I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to get it all in.”
And St. Peter welcomed Dwayne Lane at the pearly gates with the expression he’d been using with customers at his car place for years, “Dwayne Lane, come on it. We’ll take care of you.”