BREAKING NEWS: Dick’s Uncle In Law Has Died From Pancreatic Cancer

At 7:46 pm Dick’s aunt from Texas called my home phone number to notify my mother that her husband (my uncle-in-law) has passed away. Last Thanksgiving holiday Dick’s aunt (fourth child) passed away in Vietnam. In 2007 my cousin died suddenly. And in 2002 my uncle (tenth child) passed away after cancer remissed.

A few weeks ago when Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away among one of the speeches he gave at Stanford University Commencement:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.


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  1. Grover Mannings


    My thoughts and condolences are with your family at this difficult time. Pancreatic cancer is a horrific illness that has no effective treatment at this time. Whether you are Steve Jobs, multi-millionaire; or Joe Regular citizen with standard health insurance, Pancreatic cancer will always win.

    Your quote from Jobs is very appropriate. I actually saw the footage of Jobs delivering those very words at the Stanford graduation ceremony on CNN. At first I thought it was a bit depressing for a college graduation. After all, graduation is supposed to be a moment of hope and promise for the future.

    Then, once I realized what he was really saying, the message is actually very clear and well articulated. It’s the life we lead before death takes us that counts; and since nobody can escape death, everyone should keep it in the back of their minds as they go about the affairs of their life. The motivating factor to do right by ourselves and our fellow human beings is that one day, like everyone else, it will all be over.

    Grover Mannings

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