|Dina, Bud, and Mary E.
(I encourage readers to go back and read a posting written on October 29, 2009 that tells about the name "Dinah" that Mother's family used when talking to or about Catherine: "A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet.". A very clever piece, if I do say so myself.)
|1994 Family Gathering at Hall of Fame Ceremony
(Lisa Abbey, Bud and Bunny on left)
|Major Patty and wife Edith
1944 on Leave from Europe
In 2003 I met a very different "Uncle Bud." He and Lisa drove over from North Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee to attend my daughter Jennifer's wedding to Daniel Lott. Bud knew that his sister Catherine would be attending and this would allow for some "catching up" time for the two of them. At the reception following the wedding, he was more vocal than I ever remember; witty, charming, full of information about Mother, and incredibly funny. The following morning several of us, including daughter Amanda gathered at our Nashville hotel for breakfast and then lingered over coffee for at least an hour afterwards being entertained by Uncle Bud.
In 2007 Amanda and I were putting the finishing touches on our first book and we decided that we should take a trip to North Carolina to talk to Uncle Bud. We wanted to know some of the details of Catherine's early home life, his memories of Humes High School, and a "30's" view of Memphis, Tennessee; and we wanted another dose of "Uncle Bud".
Wow, what a great time we had visiting him at his home there. Lisa joined us in our conversations and I was able to fill in some of the blanks about my Cousin Mary Lisa and her life growing up in New York State. We were also able to learn much about "Major Patty's" Army career in WWII which included his role in writing manuals on defusing bombs in Europe in 1946. A lot of this conversation was really useful when we started writing the War Years book.
Lisa's been sharing much of the blog postings with her dad and she has been checking in with me and Amanda with regularity since our 2007 visit. There is so much about Uncle Bud that I wished I had learned earlier. I have just skimmed the surface of a uniquely intelligent man with a wonderful since of humor.
It's my loss.
Jimmy LeDuke (I'd love to hear from you...feel free to comment below, or click HERE to send me an e-mail.)