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Charles E. Cross

Dear Family, I am terribly saddened to hear of John's passing. I was a classmate of John's in high school and have wonderful memories of those days, indeed. My favorite images of the boy I knew as John revolve around his athletic abilities, of course. As our school mascot, Thor Thunderbird, while most might have thought my attention was solely focused on the spirit can, I actually spent a good deal of time with the dynamics of the game...especially football. I have a most vivid recollection of John's face, behind his helmet, as he backed out of the pocket in search of a receiver. There was a focus in his eyes, blue as they were, and gait in his movement that was as consistent and clear as his thinking. John was a young man with charisma and a softness to his character that made it easy to be his friend. Senior Bash, along side of Mickie; in the pool; studying in the library; class political issues; all of these memories and a thousand more I will rely upon to remember John in wonderful ways. It is difficult to imagine my experience as a young man without John's influence. I was proud for John to hear of his accomplishments in school and paths he followed in life; his choice to follow his passion; his capacity to love; and the product of his love in his two sons. His role as a father is one I admire and truly envy. There is a passage that I have relied upon over the years by the author, David Viscott, from his book, "How To Live With Another Person". It is this: "What is it to be a person if it is not to see and feel a world that no one else sees or feels but you, to be a world unto yourself that exists only as long as you do? Who sees your world or knows how the color of your sadness changes the sunsets? Who sees the part of you that smiles on yourself, that fills you with love and makes the people in your world smile back?" I believe that John might have lived this kind of life and so would like to honor his life by sharing this with you now. God bless your family at this time and always... "If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." (George McDonald) With my sincere regards, Charlie Cross Class of '69'
Friday July 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm
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