April 29, 2010

I was ok until I saw the top hat...

We said goodbye to a friend today.  His name was Edward Shook Sr....more widely known as Eddie.  I've known him since I got involved with fife and drum 16-17 years ago.  I was a bit intimidated by him, he always looked so serious.  But, the more I grew to know him, I realized what a funny, kind, and giving person he really was.   Never judge a book by it's cover, because you'll just never know how good the story really is.

Drum Corps is just one of many facets to his life, as was evident by seeing those who attended his wake yesterday.  Scores of people from all different walks of life, there to honor Eddie, and support his wife and 3 children, and although there were a few tears...it wasn't really sad or solemn...which is just how he would have wanted it.  Good memories were shared, and laughs could be heard from time to time, a true testament to the life we were celebrating.

Now, those who know me, know I'm a REALLY easy crier, but I was determined to be strong for the family...I was ok, got teary when I saw Ruth, his wife, what an amazing lady...looking through all of the pictures...but then...I went to pay my respects and there he was...and the top hat.  Some people may not have known Eddie by name, but say 'the man in the tattered top hat' and we ALL knew who they were talking about.  THAT was hard, that was when the waterworks were hard to shut off...then I suddenly had a sense of peace, and knew that he was at rest, and he was in such a far better place than if he were to remain here.

I certainly didn't know him as well as others, but I know his kindness and humor reached many, more than even he probably ever realized.

The funeral service today was perfect, and fitted for Eddie.  He went for one more ride with the motorcycles, surrounded by friends and family.  Fife and drum played at the graveside...and it ended with a toast.

This song is written on the back of his funeral card:

♪♫ Show me the way to go home,
I'm tired and I want to go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
and it went right to my head
Where ever I may roam
On land or sea or foam
You will always hear me singing this song
Show me the way to go home ♫♪

We'll miss you Mr. Shook, but we know your spirit lives on in your children and grandchildren, and you will be in our hearts always....until we meet again...

RIP Edward Shook Sr. 4/25/10 


MacKenzie said...

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dear friend. {{{hugs}}}

Garrett said...

Oh Tracey - There just isn't the words to convey my sympathies adequately for the passing of your dear friend, Eddie. I know he was very dear to you. Hugs and prayers to you, his family and the many friends that loved him so much.
Hugs and love,

Renee V. said...

Okay, that wasn't Garrett but me, Renee. I'll have to be careful in the future to make sure it's my account listed and not of my DS. Sorry 'bout that.
Hugs and love,