Monday, October 23, 2017
Cousin Bill died last week. He was the eldest son of my paternal grandfather's youngest brother. Really the only one of my fathers cousins that we stayed in contact with over the years.
Bill was the life of the party. He was well traveled, and well loved. He was a successful business man - he sold the business and retired about a decade ago. He split his time between condos in Florida and Michigan. He has three adult children, who I have fallen out of contact with. (I need to work on that.) Janice is his 3rd (I think) wife.
He developed a brain tumor in the frontal lobe two or three years ago. The advice was to not do surgery because of the location unless it got really bad. It did get bad, impacting vision, hearing, balance and movement. He went ahead with surgery over the summer, and never recovered. It was high risk surgery because of the location of the tumor, he was willing to take the risk.
Bill was the life of the party, a role he learned from his father before him.
He is missed. I am running out of family members to die.