1914 - 2006
The Verbal Assassin
Bill Lee, my grandfather,
was a great man. To have known him has been an honor which transcends
the bond of blood relation and he will be missed.
Over the years I grew to
see a strength of character in him unrivaled by most men of my era who
run from their responsibilities and/or engage in life as if it were
a material possession game.
Some might call him a "simple"
man, but there was nothing simple about his life. Every day he worked
as hard, if not harder than the day before. He rose to meet the challenge
of providing for his family through toiling in the desert farming community
of Fallon, Nevada. Balancing work on the family ranch with other jobs,
he and his wife raised their five sons instilling in them the same quality
of character and virtue with which he lived by - that anything worth
having needs to be worked for, with all of your effort, and with an
unwavering commitment to doing what is right. Because of this my uncles
and father are all great men who, I am sure, my grandfather took much
While he rarely wore his
emotions on his sleeve you could just tell that his family meant the
world to him. Oftentimes it's the things that are not said that are
the most powerfully profound.
While many misunderstand
men whose emotional support comes in the form of intensive labor, his
wife of 68 years, Josephine, knows, too, the labors of family and life,
and is the epitome of the old adage, "behind every great man, is
a great woman."
Her smile, loving way, strength
and her own hard work lit up my grandfather's life (as well as everyone
she meets) and I am sure she was the sparkle in my grandfather's eyes.
My grandfather was a man
whose "simple" life should be a lesson to us all, for it's
not the things you attain in life, but how you live it and ultimately
how you will be remembered.
I, for one, will
remember him as the great man that he was.
Pioneer Award Recipient Passes Away
About the Author:
Ron Lee has been a freelance and published writer since 1985. He attended
Richmond University in London where he focused on theatre arts, and
the University of Nevada Reno where he dual majored in criminal justice
and psychology. He currently spends his time helping the US~Observer's
clients with his no nonsense investigative reporting style. Ron may
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite quote, "The truth shall make you free." --John VIII. 32