Roy Ulrich was a family friend who lost his battle with cancer this morning.
Roy has known me most of my life and knew me when I had particularly long hair (longer than lately) and he admitted to me more than once that he hated it.
His wife Delores called me very early this morning and told me that Roy had passed away just a little bit earlier. I told her I was sorry to hear that and laid down in my bed thinking about my last conversation I had with Roy just a few days ago.
He asked me for a special favor for which I'm truly honored to do. He then said to me, "I don't know why I ever cared about your hair...after all...it's just hair."
This morning I had my hair cut off. Alot of it. Shaved my beard too...well mostly.
Roy gave me two gifts. A complete set of classical music CD's and a recording of the old radio show Have Gun Will Travel.
I asked Roy how he wanted to be remembered. This is what he told me:
I want to be remembered for being a simple man who worked hard, loved his family and loved God. I want to be a person who never acted more important than I really was.
Good bye Roy. You were a good friend to me and my family.