Farewell to a dear uncle

My Uncle Eugene sadly succumbed to the cancer which had taken over his body in the early hours of 14 July 2014.

U Eugene

Pete and I learned of the news of Uncle Eugene’s cancer while we were still living in Mauritius.  It was extremely difficult being so far away from family and not being able to just pick up the phone to chat to see how everybody was.  Thankfully, we were able to enjoy the last 2 years of Uncle Eugene’s life with him when we returned home.  Not once in those 2 years did I ever hear him complain – he always found the good or positive about everything, even when he was in excruciating pain.

My Uncle was a very special and wonderful man who taught me insurmountable amounts about so much!  He, like me was a perfectionist – everything always had to be in its place.  His workshop always gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling with everything immaculately labelled and in perfect alphabetically and numerical order.

Uncle Eugene was a man who worked with his hands and what wondrous work he did.  I have lost count of the repairs and maintenance he has done on our home.  Anybody who knew him, knew how invaluable his work was to all of us – there honestly isn’t another being who could take as much care and pride with what they do as my uncle did.

I have faultless hand drawn sketches of sections of our home where Uncle Eugene explained whatever it was that needed to be done – they would look rather good in frames on our wall now that I come to think about it. 🙂

I like to believe we had a special relationship, my uncle and I.  There were a number of standing “chirps” and terms of endearment we always shared, I will miss that.

I am grateful I was able to say goodbye to my uncle the evening before he passed.

Farewell to a special and much loved man – rest in pain free peace.  I love you.


50 thoughts on “Farewell to a dear uncle

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your Uncle. He sounds like he was a wonderful gentleman, maybe you should frame one of his sketches but I don’t think you need to do that to remember him…he is there in your heart. Sending a warm Andalucian hug to you both x

  2. Sorry to hear of your sad news Mandy. Condolences to you and your family. Sounds like your uncle was a kind soul and I am sure he will always be an angel on your shoulder.

  3. I am so sorry, Mandy, for the loss of your dear Uncle. How tragic. Cancer is such an evil. I’m so pleased you were able to spend quality time with him before he passed xx

  4. I am so very sorry for your loss, Mandy. He looks like a man who enjoyed life to it’s fullest…and a very sweet man, too. Cancer is a real b___. It seems like it crashes into everyone’s lives. I’m glad you have such great memories of your uncle.

    • Thanks so very much Betsy. I don’t think I know of any family who has not been affected by the horrid disease. I will always have fond memories and so many learned skills to carry with me. Have a super weekend.:-) xo

  5. Oh, Mandy. I’m so sorry to read of your family’s loss. Your dear Uncle sounds like he was quite a guy and I know you will miss him deeply. I’m very glad, though, that you had time to be with your special Uncle before he passed. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  6. Your uncle sounds like such an amazing man Mandy. My heart goes out to you and your family. The one thing I learned from my fathers death 2 months ago is you ALWAYS have your memories. They will keep you warm at night and they also make you smile unexpectedly. If you need anything, I’m only an email away.

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