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.