……my brother in-law died last week. He was my age and battled schizophrenia most of his adult life. He was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer, Easter Sunday he passed from a blood clot which traveled to his heart. Though the thought of him dying is sad, it’s what happened after his death that has me writing this post.
Because the point is this…..People are wonderful! When the news spread of his passing, that’s when ‘people love’ showed up at our door. People who stopped by the house to offer condolences or pass the time, people who stopped at the store to gather supplies for our family, people who immediately headed to the kitchen to bake some goods for our family and people who quickly wrote a check or handed you cash. Monday after his death was filled with errands for the funeral, and people brought food and supplies while we were away making arrangements. Once we arrived home, people landed, not as guests, but as friends who show up to cook, clean, clean, listen or run errands. There where texts, phone calls, sympathy cards, flowers and plants. In all this, not once did I see personal agenda, or drama for the sake of drama. I was totally taken back by the love of these people who gave of themselves in my families time of need.
Maybe it’s a small town thing, it matters little, my lesson has been learned. You see the best of people when pressure is at its greatest, and many times what you see is great beauty.
April 10, 2012 The Herald-Star
FORD, Jeffrey M. “Hank,” 55, of Toronto, was called to his Lord, Easter Sunday April 8, 2012, in Trinity Medical Center West. Jeff was born May 14, 1956, in Akron, Ohio, son of Leonard Ford and Donna Doverspike Worley, both who survive.
Jeff was formerly employed at Snyder Wholesale Tire in Wintersville. He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church in Toronto, was a 1974 graduate of Toronto High School, where he played football and was a member of the Toronto American Legion. Jeff served his country in the U.S. Marines Corp. Jeff will missed by the customers and employees of the Toronto Kwik-King, 4th Street store and by his faithful dog, Sophie.
He was preceded in death by his step-father, John Worley and an infant sister, Holly. He is survived by his Mother, Donna Worley of Toronto, his father, Leonard (Joyce) Ford of East Liverpool, his daughter, Jessica Ford of Burgettstown, Pa. and his sister, Lisa (Jim) Randall of Pittsburgh. Also surviving are his step-children Jason, Michael and Morgan Lewis, Tonya and Jimmy Petruccioli and his former wife, Sharon Ford; two step-grandchildren Trevor and Jayden.