To the editor:
On March 19, 2014 my beloved, Don Trabold, died in my arms, knowing he was loved and had led a worthy life. Since then, I have been overwhelmed with kindness from people at a level which is beyond my ability to properly thank them and express my gratitude. This gratitude is not just for your kindness in the face of our loss, but your kindnesses toward him and I both, during his lifetime.
I did not see all of you during calling hours as I was off attempting to fulfill certain of his final wishes as he had asked of me. My apologies for not being there to thank you in person for giving him your time and good thoughts, but my obligation to him was elsewhere.
I am proud and honored to have been building a happy home, life and future with the man I loved and who loved me. I am enriched by his presence in my life and lost without him. Trabold was the bravest and most decent man I have ever known. His kindness to people was overwhelming. His ability to forgive peoples’ unkindness toward him was immeasurable. He was a better person than most of us could ever be. People constantly thanked me for being in his life and making him happy, a tribute I was always pleased to receive because it spoke toward the love, hope and respect that so many held for him. Thank you, all, from us both.
He faced excruciating pain every minute, but refused to let it rule him. He was about to face horrific surgeries and recovery and was spared that additional torture, for which I am deeply grateful. He was facing it all with his usual bravery, a courage like no other, looking me in the eyes, holding my hand, saying, “I can do it.”