08 August 2008
I am conservative, he is liberal. This always made for interesting conversations for us as he always loved to talk politics; we enjoyed joking with each other during the many times when he would visit us in New Mexico or Italy. When we were together a common topic was always about the food, where were we going to go eat next to enjoy the local cuisine or have a gelato.
Valerie’s uncle Dean passed away Wednesday afternoon with his family and friends near him. We were fortunate to get flights to fly back from Italy last week and had a couple days to see him and share our particular memories.
Dean was special to both of us; he walked Valerie down the aisle when we were married almost 22 years ago. He was a caring man who his nieces and nephews looked up to, many times as a father figure.
Dean worked for Holiday Inn Capitol for almost 25 years and the time we spent there has shown us how much of an impact he had on that hotel and the city of Washington, DC. He treated his employees like family and they have been treating us in like fashion.
Dean we will miss you…