Today would have been Roger’s 70 birthday but he passed away Nov 09, 2012 at the age of 61. It is hard to believe that it was only nine years ago we were celebrating his 61st birthday with his family and a friend from across the street. Since his daughter’s friend across the street also had the same birth date, we did a joint celebration with a cake for both of them. Initially, we were not sure to have the cake on the 19th or not, since Roger’s mother in law passed away a little after 5pm the day before, so no one felt too ‘happy’ enough to be having a birthday party (What would Miss Manners say, or the protocol be, about having a birthday party the day after a relative has passed away?); but since the friend had been invited days before we didn’t think we should delay having the cake for her also since it was still her birthday so we went ahead with the joint birthday cake for both of them.
As it turned out, it is a very good thing we went ahead since Roger passed away only 21 days later. If we had delayed having a cake for him for something like a month, he would have missed it.
It is somewhat strange seeing all the changes since then. Roger’s store has had all of the signs it was there ‘gone’ with the building being remodeled and such. The writing he did in the cement out front got re done over by the City of Worcester in a rebuilding of the sidewalk this summer. One good part is that while I missed saving the one he wrote, I was able to preserve the one his daughter did. I had thought they would have stayed in place for years, if not decades to come and it is kind of sad to see that those marks of Roger being with us only lasted about nine years.
Even though Roger is no longer with us, we did prepare a card for the friend that was there to celebrate the joint birthday back in 2012 and thanked them for being part of it.
Good Luck and Take Care,
Louis J. Desy Jr. – Tuesday, October 19, 2021