Back on January 27th I wrote about a client who had established a conservatorship for his son James. He had taken a small pittance of money and turned it into $800,000 for the benefit of his child...
It was meeting this almost 90 year old man, protector of his child, that brought about a lot of changes in my life, causing me to look at some of the things that I thought were important and to realize that really, they weren't all that important. As he told me - "you make your own happiness for you and your kin". Folksy, but hell - he was a cowboy for years!
So he spent his life taking care of James, his only son. This made James happy (as much as he could be) and it made his father happy. Life complete.
On June 28th James passed away. Mostly, it was not a shock because he had been an invalid for the past 45 years. But still...
The Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon is a benchmark organization and leader in providing services to people in Central Oregon with disabilities. They operate thrift stores and envision a world in which persons with disabilities are understood, respected and valued by the public and in which they are supported in their choices for jobs and places to live and are continually encouraged to grow and realize their dreams.
Yesterday I was privy to an email sent by the Foundation to its Board of Directors - our client, James' father, strolled into the Opportunity Foundation's offices with his walker shortly after visiting me.
He went there to donate $500,000 in his son's name.
So, while we are all saddened by the loss of James - his father has made sure that his name will live on in tis community. And really, is there anything better than that???