Thursday, February 26, 2009
A Personal Note
My Uncle Bud, Windsor Smith, died yesterday. He was my mother's oldest brother, and the second oldest of seven children born to Otto and Hildegarde Smith. He was 82.
And, after my Grandma died, Uncle Bud was one of the strongest linchpins that held the family together. This personal note only means something to my family, but it's one reason I blog, and one reason I appreciate words.
My family has loved words and books for generations, and words and books linked us. Grandpa Smith graduated from Ohio State with a degree in journalism. He was Farm Editor of the Fremont News-Messenger, and I treasure a picture of him with President Lyndon Johnson. My Grandma Smith only went through eighth grade, but she was a reader, a woman who enjoyed crossword puzzles. And, she was my Grandpa's proofreader and copy editor. Grandpa trusted her to check his work. Grandpa shared his love of Ohio State and sports with his children. He shared his word skills with his son, while Grandma shared her love of reading with so many of her children and grandchildren.
Uncle Bud graduated from Ohio State, and, eventually wrote the news for WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland. He was a writer and researcher. He researched family history, wrote one to share with his brothers and sisters, and, for a number of years, linked brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and distant cousins through a family newsletter. It was always a treat to receive that in the mail, and catch up with family news. And, he shared that family passion for Ohio State.
Today, the women of two generations of the family write the family stories in our round robin letters we send each other. My cousin, Carol Jeanne, and I originally kicked off the letters, but my mother, both my sisters, two aunts, and four other cousins are linked by the stories we share. Uncle Bud's family newsletter might not be published anymore, but the women in the family keep our stories alive. And, we all share that passion for Ohio State.
I blog about my passion for books, something I shared with my grandparents, my parents, my sisters, my husband, aunts, and cousins. And, when my blog is picked up for syndication and published anywhere, I've always said to my mother, "Grandpa would be proud."
There are wordsmiths in this family. Carol Jeanne referred to Uncle Bud as the "Keeper of Memories". But, we've all shared a love of words, writing and reading. Uncle Bud is going to be missed by his wife, his nine children, grandchildren, and remaining sisters and brothers. And, we owe it to Grandpa and Grandma, and Uncle Bud, and, each other, to keep those memories, and the stories, alive.
So, thank you, Uncle Bud, for sharing the memories and words with all of us. Rest in Peace. And, here's a final family tribute, to you, Grandpa and Grandma, and the entire family.
Windsor James Smith
WINDSOR JAMES SMITH age 82. Devoted husband of Janeearlene (nee Dawson). Loving father of Theresa Carlin (Martin), Gregory (Lynn) of Avon, Stephen of Columbia, MO, Victoria, Daniel, Laurel Eckert (Tracy) of Marblehead, Patricia Crane (Dr. Stephen) of Copley, Courtney (Tessa) and Brian. Dear grandfather of 15 and great grandfather of four. W.W.II Army Air Corps veteran. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Bernadette's Church, 2256 Clague Rd., Westlake. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery in Fremont. Friends may call at the DANIEL L. BERRY & DONALD MARTENS AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 26691 DETROIT RD., WESTLAKE, ON FRIDAY, FROM 2 - 4 AND 7 - 9 P.M. Family suggests contributions to Sisters of Notre Dame, 3837 Secor Rd., Toledo, OH 43623 or the Carmelite Sisters, 3176 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118.