Last week my father in law passed away. Yes he died he was 80 years old and only missed 81 by a couple of months. His final year was spent in Florida a place he loved. He wanted to be taken care of at home when things got bad. He was taken care of by a great hospice care unit that came to his house, even though they were just there for a week their round the clock care of him was second to none.
Just to let you know you need about 8 copies of the death certificates, these cost $8.00 a piece to be sent to the government, banks, creditors, why even the cable company wanted proof that he was deceased. Then comes the funeral home. That cost is around $1600.00. They get money to pick him up after dying, freeze him while waiting for cremation, money for the cremation, Then it is time to pick out an urn for his final holdings, these cost money. We picked a nice brass urn with a U.S. flag and a U.S. Army insignia on it. He was in World War II, a Sergeant in the Army that fought against the nazi’s in Italy. This is where he met my mother in law, married her and brought her back to the states, she passed 3 years ago and he was very sad all the time missing her everyday wishing he didn’t have to go on without her.
He lived his life like he wanted, he was a very talented man. Craftsman, woodworker, could build houses do electrical, plumbing, built boats was also a great skipper at the helm of many boats. He fathered 3 daughters and fed and clothed them and kept a roof over their heads. He was a modest man and didn’t think too much of spending money, he’d rather save it. He was responsible for giving me the money to visit Jamaica in December of 2004. Last year before he left Massachusetts for Florida I gave him some Jamaican rum I had bought there, at my kitchen table. He knew how much I loved Jamaica. It wasn’t long before he fell off the chair and landed on the floor telling me just how strong and good that rum was. Yes I was in trouble for giving it to him but he was happy and had another drink later. Telling me not to worry about him, he was okay.