09 December 2010

Goodbye Uncle Hershey

My wife's Great Uncle Hershey passed this week. He was 90 years old and very dear to both of us. He roller skated every year for his birthday until he was 86. Hershey owned a general store in Deep Ellum, Dallas during the Great Depression. A man of honor, a man of his word. He is one of the few people I know who fought the IRS and won.

Hershey has never taken any grief from anyone (outside his lovely wife, Thelma). He had no intent on changing and recently got into a fist fight at the home he was in and slightly fractured his hip. No one noticed and when he tried to get up the next morning, he put weight on it, fell and really broke it. As often happens in these cases, he got pneumonia and just couldn't pull through.

The way I see it... There are worse ways to go than going down swinging at 90.

R.I.P Uncle Hershey.


Kelly D Waghalter said...

My last memory of Uncle Hershey was at Suzanne's for Thanksgiving. Callah was around 2, I think. He pushed her around on the Big Wheel and kept telling her cousin to be more careful with her because she was a young girl. Ryan was not that much older than Callah.
I also remember Uncle Hershey always being fiesty, strong willed, and telling it like it is.

The Painted Veil said...

Wow, he sounds like he was one terrific guy and a lot of fun!! I am sorry for your loss. I would have liked to have known him!!


Shea said...

Rest In Peace

Emm said...

Aaaah, he sounds fantastic! What a loss indeed!! RIP.

Julie from Momspective said...

I'm so sorry. My Grandfather (Dziadziu - Polish) is 97 and still the ruler of the family. I'm ont sure what's going to happen when we lose him. He has 2 children who have 4 each so I grew up on a farm with him leading my mom, uncle and us 8 kids! You'd never take me for a farm girl though lol. I'm super sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you.

Dorothy L said...

Ahhhh...what beautiful memories you will have from here on in. Life is like that and he seems to have lived a very fulfilling life.
My condolences~