Chapter 15, My Brother, A Dying Man

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This passage is from Chapter 15.

At my brother’s funeral, I was gratified to see how many of his friends as well as his business and political colleagues came to pay their respects and say goodbye to him. I wrote and delivered at the funeral my brother’s eulogy. I talked about my brother’s many accomplishments and then ended with this very personal statement:

“Paul’s long list of accomplishments during his life define what he did; but, for me, they do not define who Paul was.

To me, Paul was someone I watched grow up from infancy to manhood.

Paul was someone with whom I shared the innocence of childhood.

Paul was someone who I could rely on and we were always there for each other in times of need.

Paul was someone who, even though outwardly self-assured and full of confidence, I could still see the vulnerable child inside.

Paul was someone I was proud of and admired.

Paul was someone with whom I shared the joys and sorrows of life.

Paul was someone with whom I shared a lifelong bond of family, a lifelong connection that can only come from sharing a common history.

Simply stated, Paul was my brother. That is why I loved him and how I will always remember him.”

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