Monday, December 14, 2015

Passings Around the Holidays: John, Ann Marie, Holly

     Over the past week friends and family have lost three special ones. People and pets always seem to pass around the holidays and as my mom used to say, "they pass in threes." This past week that's just the case. My (Rob) sister-in-law Sue's dad John Callaghan passed on Dec. 9, and my friend Gail's mom Anne Marie passed the same day. Our friends Bob and Arlene also said goodbye to their sweet Dachshund, Holly on Dec. 13. 
     All of them touched the hearts and lives of their loved ones and those fortunate enough to know them, so this is a tribute to them to keep them in everyone's memories. 
   The love we share with people and pets never fades. In fact, their memories and love stay connected to us from the other side, where they can hear us, see us and guide us. 
   This month also marks the anniversary of the passing of our friend Ed who passed on the 19th in 1996, Tom's dad on the 23rd over 20 years ago, and Rob's mom on Dec. 29, 2013. No matter how long ago they passed, they're all still around us. 
Mr. John J. Callaghan, of Weymouth and Dennisport died on December 9, 2015. John worked for Boston Edison until his retirement. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion and the Weymouth Elks. John was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, and loved spending his summers with his family on the beach at Camper’s Haven, Cape Cod. John’s greatest joy in life was his beautiful family, including his many grandchildren. He would drive near and far to watch whatever sporting event or performance that they were involved in. He will be dearly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Beloved husband of 59 years to Lorraine (Barnes) Callaghan. Link:

Holly Brown, of Burtonsville, Maryland.  On Dec. 13, Bob and Arlene Brown said goodbye to Holly, their sweet long-haired, red Dachshund. Holly is also survived by his brother Andy, a long-haired black and tan dachshund who will truly miss his companion.

Ann Marie E. (Rudgis)  Johnson,  of Hull, died December 9, 2015.  Ann Marie was known as Granny by everyone who knew her. She frequently visited the playground with her grandchildren on sunny days. She enjoyed day trips to the casinos with her sisters and always enjoyed sweets with a cup of coffee. She enjoyed the simple things in life and treasured what was most important – family and friends. She will be sadly missed.. Link:

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next