It slipped my mind that yesterday, Nov. 20, was the sixth anniversary of the death of my father, Roy G. Edmond. Funny thing, just tonight, my domestic partner asked what today’s date is. My daughter answered, “The 21st.” That was when the death anniversary clicked in my head.
Below is my father’s full obituary, published on the Gentile Funeral Home (of Hackensack, NJ) website:
Roy G. Edmond, of Hackensack, died on Sunday, November 20, 2005 at the Hackensack University Medical Center a the age of 64. He was born in Chilton, Texas. Mr. Edmond was a glass and picture framer and owned Edmond Enterprise at 185 Main Street, Hackensack for 11 years. Prior to that he worked for Jule’s Glass Shop of Hackensack for 20 years. He was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R. C. Church of Hackensack. He is survived by his wife Lolita Sarne Edmond and a daughter Theresa and a grand daughter. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Trinity R. C. Church, 34 Maple Avenue, Hackensack, on Wednesday, November 23rd at 10:00 AM. Cremation will be at Cedar Lawn Crematory in Paterson. Visiting will be on Tuesday evening from 7 – 9 PM.
Dad was a huge Nat King Cole fan. Since the holiday season is here, I know that Nat King Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song” is getting major airtime on the radio (check out 106.7 Lite FM New York; that station is playing holiday music 24/7, in case you didn’t know that already). Every time I hear Cole’s “Christmas Song” play, it definitely reminds me of my father. I know I’ll hear it sooner than later somewhere, whether on my car radio, or in some shopping center.
I love you, Daddy. Rest in Peace.