We had been talking on the phone for quite some time and were finally supposed to meet in person. But the night before, a big storm had washed part of the project that he was working on down a hill and onto a neighboring farmer’s property. He couldn’t let this happen and so he made his crew work all night to clean it up. And he couldn’t in good conscience assign them to this task unless he worked by their side. This spirit was my first real understanding of his nature.
He was true to this to the end. The last thing he kept begging of everybody was to volunteer – help others – make the world a better place. Capital Caring and its volunteers had made such a difference to us that he firmly believed that all of us should be giving back by becoming volunteers ourselves. And so I did.