He was 56 years old. This song by John Denver is for him.
HE IS GONE
I woke today and mourned,
recalled memories of the day we gazed
into each others eyes, and, reciting our vows,
devoted ourselves each to the other,
hands clasped tightly together.
I recall campfires, games, a thieving squirrel,
many shared experiences in peaceful surroundings;
remember how you swooped me into your arms
to carry across the threshold of our first home.
I laugh recalling the baby skunk experience,
smile as I picture the first time we met
our son as you tenderly touched his hand
and held mine.
I remember many moments treasured
only by me, memories which flash by,
scrolling through my mind,
memories filled with joy, laughter, love
and also tears and hurt.
I can almost hear your voice singing,
smell the campfire, and feel
our shared serenity.
I embrace the moments,
appreciate their comfort.
Adieu, mon amour.