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Tribute to a very special man

I don’t remember the day we first met nor did I have any idea what a treasure had just entered my life. So many memories of him that I will hold dear for the remainder of my days in this life.

Fred welcomed all with a big smile when they entered their home. Being foster parents one never knew how many little ones my Shug and I would come with but Fred welcomed them all. He loved not only his children but other people’s children as well. He was wonderful at entertaining children and enjoyed doing so, what a special man.

He could make you laugh until you couldn’t breathe. We had some pretty wild games of “Spoons” in the early years and fun playing many other games all through the years. We also enjoyed some great games of volley ball and tennis with neighbors and other family members.

We visited family in Oklahoma every year for many years. One visit happened to be Easter weekend, but the children did not miss out on having a fun Easter egg hunt Fred and Sis made sure of that. While we were visiting other family members they were busy hiding eggs in the backyard for the children to find when we returned.

When we made homemade ice cream Fred and my Shug would take turns cranking the freezer as we all took turns sitting on the freezer. That was some real yummy ice cream too.

Last winter after working jigsaw puzzles Fred and Sis sent them to me. I don’t know anyone other than Fred that would take the time to draw the shape of a missing jigsaw puzzle piece so that I did not waste time looking for a piece that was not there.

My sweet sister chose a jewel to be her husband and father of their children. What an honor it is to have not only been blessed to know this wonderful man but to have him as my brother-in-law as well…I could not ask for more.

Freddie Lee Main September 1, 1941 ~ August 6, 2017

23 Replies to “Tribute to a very special man”

  1. I am sorry for your loss. Fred sounds like a man who will always be remembered by those who knew him, and missed by them. What a beautiful written tribute.

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your brother-in-law, Maggie. He sounds like an amazing man, and such a blessing to so many whose lives he touched. Purrs and prayers for you, your sister and the whole family.

  3. What an amazing tribute to an obviously unique and wonderful man. My sympathies to you, your sister, his family and all those that the man touched. You were all lucky to have shared space with him.

  4. Your brother-in-law Fred sounds such a wonderful person. Your tribute is very sweet and touching. You have so many lovely memories with him. May he rest in peace. xo

  5. What a lovely tribute to you Brother-In-Law! May Fred’s memory be for a blessing Maggie.
    he sounds like he was a totally gentleman……so few of them left….
    (((hugs))) & ❤ Sherri-Ellen

  6. Dear Mags, what a lovely tribute for your brother in law. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your brother in law. He sounds like a very special person. May he rest in peace.
    Hugs my dear friend.

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