My Uncle Eugene sadly succumbed to the cancer which had taken over his body in the early hours of 14 July 2014.
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.
My deepest condolences Mandy, he sounds like a very special and very dear man, and you must be feeling his loss greatly. I hope he’s in peace now, so many years of cancer can be brutal. God bless, darling. xx
Thank you Celia. He truly was an awesome man! Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
Sincerest sympathies on the loss of your beloved uncle.
Thank you very much Lizzy. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
So sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences to all the family xxx
Thank you so very much Cindy. Have a lovely afternoon. 🙂 xo
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
Thank you so much dear Tanya, he truly was a wonderful man. Have a lovely day and I am feeling your warm Andalucian hug. 🙂 xo
So sorry to hear your loss, Mandy.
Rest in peace, Uncle Eugene.
So very kind of you Angie, thank you! Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
Thinking of you Mands…love to everyone….xxx
Thanks my friend, lots of love to you all too. 🙂 xo
Sending you a big hug xxx
Thank you very much Tandy. Have a lovely afternoon. 🙂 xo
Sorry to learn of your loss. Sending love to you and the family.
Thank you very much Norma. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
I am sorry for your loss, Mandy.
Sending you hugs and kitty purrs.
Aah Carine, thank you so much! Kitty purrs make everything better. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
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.
Thank you so much Cindy. Hope you have been keeping well. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
I am so sorry dear Mandy. Sooooooo sorry. I’m glad the kitty purrs are helping, they always do 🙂
Thank you so much Sarah. Kitty purrs can heal the world as far as I am concerned. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
What a heartfelt tribute to your uncle. I am so sorry for your loss, he sounds like a very special man and person in your life.
Thank you Diane! He was a fantastic man. Have a happy day. 🙂 xo
So sorry for your loss!
Thank you Ada. Have a great day. 🙂 xo
So very sorry, Mandy, for your great loss.
I love your uncle’s face. I can tell by his eyes that he is KIND and Sweet and gentle.
Thank you Kim! He was a man with so much to offer, all of the time. Sending much love back to you in Minnesota. 🙂 xo
I’m very sorry for you and your family, Mandy. Take care.
Thank you so much Giovanna. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
A lovely post Mandy. Your uncle was obviously a wonderful man. You were blessed to know him.
Thank you so much Glenda! Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
So sorry for your loss Mandy. My thoughts are with you and your family. xx
Very kind of you Marisa, thank you so much. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
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
Thanks so much Charlie. It definitely made his passing easier by being able to spend time with him. Have a lovely weekend Charlie. 🙂 xo
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
Sending sincere condolences. Your Uncle had the twinkliest eyes.
Thank you so much Sally. He really was a special man. Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂 xo
RIP…sorry for your lost.
Very kind of you HHG, thank you! Have a lovely week ahead. 🙂
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, BAM
Thanks very much Bam. Have a good day. 🙂 xo
I am so sorry for your loss Mandy. It is never easy to lose a love one – especially one with who you shared a special bond.
Thanks so much Kristy. 🙂 xo
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.
Thanks so very much John! 🙂 xo
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.
Oh Kay, I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Sending you a warm and sunny filled hug from SA. Have a beautiful day dear. 🙂 xo