Good morning to all my friends and relatives. I guess this will be the last time my name will appear in my favorite paper. I was born February 27, 1929, to my parents Ann and Harry Stickels. They were great parents and two of my best friends.
My brother, Harry Jr., passed on some time ago. Harry and I worked together in the automobile field. I guess we will be together again soon.
One of the greatest accomplishments of my life was marrying my wife Peggy - one of the most loving people anyone could ask for. Why she picked me to spend 60 years with still amazes me.
The next great accomplishment is my three girls: Debbie, Patty and Karen. All three are different, but I love them dearly.
Oh - some advice to folks who are in my age bracket - if your kids ask you to live with them do it! I lived with Karen and her husband Pat and it’s been a real great experience; Peggy and I were lucky.
As far as working is concerned, I did things as the song, by my favorite singer (Old Blue Eyes), suggests: I Did It My Way.
I had eight years of military duty and over 20 years as Deputy Sheriff in the Hartford Court System and retired as a Captain. I worked for three High Sheriffs; my favorite was Sheriff Patrick Hogan - a great guy. After the Sheriff’s Department, I got lucky and went to work for the Public Defender’s Division as an investigator. The Public Defender’s office is the best state-run division in Connecticut. You all should take an interest and see how your tax dollars are spent.
Well, I guess that about winds things up. I will be at the Cromwell Funeral home, 506 Main Street, Cromwell, on Thursday, January 4, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. with a brief service at 6:30 p.m., which will be just up the street from my home where I lived for over 50 years.
I would like to say one more thing in closing. I have had a great life and I’m looking forward to the next chapter. Remember the following and your life will be one that everyone can understand and enjoy: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me shall never die.”
A really big Man said that - believe it.
See you at the next post.