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'When the Monarch says Goodbye': a tribute to Roger Gilmore
By Paul Holt
posted Oct 22, 2013 - 4:16:16pm
This is an occasion for a celebration of life.
It is time to reminisce
About one who touched our lives.
It is dedicated to one
Who lived a wonderful life
And shared it so freely
With everyone he met.
One who was there when you came to join his family,
To Warren, Cindy, Linda, and Greg
One who gave you guidance,
One who helped you through school,
One who wiped tears from your face,
And helped you get up
When you fell down.
One who gave you wings
To soar on your own,
And encouraged you to be yourself.
To everyone here
He was a husband
He was your father,
And just as important, a real friend.
One who laughed with all of us,
One who supported us, he always had a smile,
a friendly handshake,
And would listen to our stories
However long they were.
We’ll have these moments to remember.
Many a time I overheard the family
When he called on the phone,
They would answer, “Hi, Dad.”
What a pleasant sound that was.
Now that is something we won’t hear again.
But oh! To be able to say it one more time ...
What he has left each of you
Is set forever in your memory bank.
Something about him that each of you
And all of us will remember.
What a wonderful husband, father and friend he was
To give of himself, to give to others,
So they may be successful in life.
He was proud of your accomplishments.
He held his grandchildren close to him.
Always taking the time to share his love
Listening to their accomplishments
And supporting them when they needed it.
Yes, we’ll all miss him, but he will
Always be there when needed.
From the daytime games
To the nighttime games,
Even on-the-road games.
When those big floodlights came on
He was there. Rarely did he miss one
He was gone a lot of the time
But he loved each and every one of you.
With that camera around his neck
And notepad in hand,
He told us a story in words and pictures,
A story we could understand.
Always on the sidelines taking pictures
Making notes trying to get it right.
From even being knocked to the dirt by a player.
He got back up, and wrote it all down in his book.
Regardless if it was the gridiron, the lanes,
The diamond, the links, the track or the courts.
From the coaches, to the referees,
To the umpires, to the athletic directors,
To the principals, to the parents of the athletics,
And all of the players he wrote about.
He knew each and every one of them,
From middle school, to high school,
Including the university and the laundromat.
A devoted true sportswriter, he covered it all;
Trying to make the dateline, adding the byline
With his back against the deadline
Writing it all down in his little book,
And putting it in the paper for us to recall.
Making sure many of you got your name in the paper
For you to remember, and for many to stand tall.
He has now said his goodbyes,
He is at peace and free from pain.
We should rejoice, but don’t be saddened,
He is watching over you,
And will guide you, as you progress through life.
Remember he knows what we are doing and saying,
And yes he has influenced your lives and always will
He has not left us,
He is resting in peace, and watching over us
And smiling with pride at a job well done.
What a wonderful man.
Thanks for showing us a wonderful life
Thanks for sharing and writing about us, Roger.
Thank you, Mary, for sharing him with us,
And always being there with him
Throughout the years.
This is for you, Roger —
The buzzer has sounded,
The whistle is silent,
The lights have been dimmed on the field,
The scoreboard is dark,
The flag has been lowered,
The final story is written.
Time to go to press —
Let us say Amen.
He now belongs to the Ages.
Goodnight, Roger Gilmore.
— Holt, who lives in Orange City, is a member of Roger’s family by marriage.
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