Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our Member and Very Good Friend, Walter Crosby Died.


I have some very bad news to tell you. Our good friend Walter Crosby died. He passed away November 16th which was just after we saw him at the meeting. I was wondering why he hadn't been around because almost always either Walt, his wife Carol or both of them were at our meeting.

I spoke with Carol. She was in a nursing home for rehabilitation services because she broke her hip. Walt was back home and was feeling bad. His kids were telling him to go to the hospital but he was being stubborn and didn't want to. He later died.

Carol never got to tell Walt goodbye. That's the one thing I struggled with when my dad died. He passed quickly as well. One day I'm talking to him and the next day he's dead. All I could think was wish that God gave me just one more day to sit down and talk with Dad about politics like we used to do and tell him how much I loved him. A moment I would have cherished dearly as all other similar moments were taken for granted.

As you may know, when a family member / business partner passes their death is often not the only thing that has to be dealt with. In the case of my dad, there were many things in the business that he took care of and we were left not knowing what was going on or exactly how to proceed. There was a rather large learning curve that had to happen for us to pick the pieces up and continue.

REI of Virginia is not only an educational organization but we are an extended family.  We are there to give a helping hand to our members whenever they need help. My heart goes out to Carol and her family in their time of need. If there is anything you can do for Carol please give her a helping hand. I can imagine that she will need some help picking up the pieces in one instance or another with their business.

Walt was a great guy. He was in the military. A few of our last conversations were about Deuce And a Half trucks. He knew allot about them. He was also a former HVAC mechanic and helped me solve some issues I had.

Please come and show your respect. His services will be at Unity of Roanoke Valley. The address is 3300 Green Ridge Rd, Roanoke VA 24019. It will be this Sunday December 15th at 3:00 pm.

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