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Friday, November 21, 2008

Is it possible for something to suck and still be really great, all at the same time? I know it is, because it happened last night. Jack and I are in Oklahoma with my sister and parents for Craig's memorial. He owned a restaurant and bar, and last night his partners hosted his memorial service. I hope Craig had any idea of even a small number of the amazing friends he had and lives he influenced. People literally flew in from all over the country - from California to Washington DC to come. There were hundreds of people there to celebrate Craig's life. There were musicians he loved playing his favorite songs. People from other area restaurants and bars worked the bar so none of his employees, who truly were another family to him, would have to. People shared great stories about him and talked about how he had touched their lives. The NPR station in Oklahoma City dedicated some of its programming yesterday to Craig and the tremendous impact he has had on the music and arts community in Oklahoma City. Last night was a perfect send off for Craig, and was just what he would have wanted. And he would have especially enjoyed seeing his Red Sox flag flying proudly outside the restaurant and the sea of Red Sox hats, shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, jersies, and t-shirts inside!

5 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh Kim, that sounds wonderful. I am so glad you were able to be there and be a part of such a beautiful memorial. Sounds like your uncle was an awesome guy. Thinking of you!

Susan said...

What a nice tribute to what appears to be a great man. In times of sadness it helps to know how much people cared and respected him. It makes your heart happy even though it is filled with great sadness.

I have been thinking of you and your family.

Briana said...

Sounds like a very fitting tribute to your uncle. I'm glad you are able to be there to be a part of it.

*amy* said...

That's really wonderful to hear Kim. I hope everyone is doing ok.

Julie said...

Sounds like a great memorial! I am happy that the people that loved him most were able to gather in his honor!