By Rick Dignard
Sometime in 2008-09, at 81, Uncle Bob got some bad news about prostate cancer and decided to live life as full as possible until the end instead of taking the treatment path.
He did a bunch of things, one being to rent a favorite car he always wanted to drive and also to spend time with important people in his life. At one point he told his 3 kids, “We are going out west to see family in Vancouver”; meaning his brothers Richard and Eddy along with many cousins, nephews, and nieces.
His “little” brother Eddy (on the left in picture.) built him an urn for his ashes well before Uncle Bob’s death. The family picked it up and took it home to Montreal and delivered it to Uncle Bob! After seeing the lovingly built urn Uncle Bob said; “Beautiful job! It looks much nicer without me in it!” He had everyone laughing; and his joke made it easier for the young kids to deal with. They were more relaxed and able to remember that they had the best of times with him from beginning to “end”.
He passed on several months later. When it was time to let his ashes go in the place Uncle Bob had requested, his sense of humor showed up again posthumously. They were having a problem opening the urn. After a lengthy struggle getting it undone it finally opened. The wind all of a sudden picked up and blew ashes all over the 3 kids. They where all laughing hysterically and knew for sure this was “Uncle Bob’s doing”! He is forever with us.
Rest In Peace Uncle Bob…