Friday, June 26, 2009

Dear CBC

Hi Sheila and the Morning Edition:
Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. I had to break the news to my dad that his best friend, Paul Beingessner, had passed away.

Paul was an amazing man. He and Dad met in Regina in the 70s and his oldest daughter, Naomi, and I were born a week apart in 1976. Our families grew up together.

Aside from collecting eggs and picking raspberries and riding horses around their yard near Truax, I didn't otherwise pay much attention to the farming side. But I can personally attest to what a wonderful human being Paul was. He was such a smart man, so funny, and he was the kind of person who could hear a song once and sing it back to you. And he sang a lot.

But when I think of "Uncle Paul", as we always called him, it will probably always be in the context of how much he loved that farm, how much he loved his kids, and how he really wanted this province to be a better place for farmers. Somehow I'm going to find a way to carry forward his memory in some small way.

Thank you,
Working From Home Today

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Anonymous Anonymous ~ 8:57 AM

Though I only met Paul once, I know from the way your dad spoke of him and how he loved him that Paul was a special person. His legacy will carry on in his children and grandchildren and his memory will remain with all who knew him, whether it be personally or through his writing. My heart aches for you and your family.  

Anonymous Anonymous ~ 8:38 PM

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you.


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