Tuesday, January 02, 2007

In Memory of Orville C. Syverson

I look at all the people in my life. I spent more time with this man than I did any other person in my life. We worked together every day for years. We worked after work together for years and years. As if working together all the time wasn’t enough we spent countless hours visiting each other when we were not working. I knew him better than I have known anyone. The endless memories have just been pouring through my brain endlessly since he passed.
I am hurting from this loss.
I will miss him very much.

I wrote a letter that was read at his funeral on Saturday, December 23, 2006.

Dear Orv,

Farewell my dearest friend! But not farewell
All my fondest thoughts of you;
Will dwell within my heart and they shall cheer and comfort me.

Life seems so much better because your life was connected to mine.
I have known no men more true than you.

I feel honored to have known you.
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be in your presence.
When I was with you I had no doubt I was in the presence of greatness.

We lived, we worked, we loved, we shared, we laughed, we cried. Although you are gone you will remain forever with me in all of my fondest memories. I shall never forget the wonderful experience of sharing my life with yours.

I could not put into words the impact you have had on my life.

Death is nothing at all,
You have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, we are still.
I will call you by your old familiar name,
I will speak to you in the easy way in which I always did.
I will laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
I will smile when I think of the many memories we shared.
Life means all that it ever meant.
Why should you be out of my mind because you are out of sight?
I will miss you so very much.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.

I can hear you saying the words of Winston Churchill.
“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” (This brought laughter from all of the people who attended the funeral because it would be just like him to say that!)


Blogger Karen said...

I am sorry for your loss, he sounds like an incredible man. May he rest in peace. Your letter to him was absolutely beautiful and I felt the love and admiration you have for him. He will always be with you; you are right about that.

Sending lots of love & hugs!

I am so happy you are back, you were missed. A lot.

January 02, 2007 4:34 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Dear Raggedy ~ Deepest sympathy on the passing of Orville. Your tribute was wonderful. Memories are a great help.
It is lovely to see you back Raggedy One, do stay with us this time as you were missed by so many.
Thank you for your visit and kind words. Love and hugs, Merle.

January 02, 2007 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless Orville AND Raggedy!

January 02, 2007 7:28 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Raggedy, I was all set to ignore your return until you proved you were really coming back.
But how could I ignore such a lovely post about someone you cared so much for. (((Hugs)))

January 02, 2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Raggedy...And I know this is doubly hard at this time of year...
But what you say is true...He is just in the next room.....
I will say some prayersw for you and for him, my dear.

January 03, 2007 3:56 AM  
Blogger cube said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. It was a very moving tribute to your friend. You were both lucky to have shared such good times together.

January 03, 2007 9:06 AM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

I'm sorry, Raggedy. That is a beautiful tribute.

January 03, 2007 12:59 PM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Ms. Raggedy. The Cool One I have cried many tears today but as I read this I realized something and very quickly placed things where they need to be.

I ended last year on a very happy note and started this one in the same manner until something happened.

I am so sorry for your loss, you have shared something very special and private. You once again reminded me of what true, love admiration and friendship should be like between people.

He will always be with you, hold tight to those precious memories.

Again thank you for sharing.

I have missed you so much, glad you have returned.

January 03, 2007 8:38 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Dear Raggedy
My Deepest Sympathy to you on the passing of your dear Friend Orville.such a lovely tribute. Pleased to see you back (((HUGS)))

January 05, 2007 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

big hug!!! I think you need it. Thank you for leaving a message on my blog there might be a change of link next week but i will left you know

January 05, 2007 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you, Raggedy. I can fully understand and appreciate what you feel for this man. You were lucky to have him in your life ... as was he to have you.


p.s. Welcome back. You have been missed!

January 08, 2007 9:31 AM  
Blogger Shannon akaMonty said...

Oh, thank you so much for sharing this--it was beautiful and perfect.
I'm sorry for your loss...and thank you for sharing my grief.
When it is shared, it is halved.

January 20, 2007 2:00 PM  

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