This is a tribute to a special friend who passed from this life to the other side of the veil this week.
He was a professional golfer who taught many and loved the game, but that is not what he will be remembered for. He was a friend to many, mentor for young and old, and a religious adviser who never forgot duty or honor.
In our church, we have a program that is called home teaching.[The Elders of the church visit assigned families monthly.] He was our home teacher for many years. Every once in a while you find a person like my friend whom I will call Sunshine. Now why Sunshine. Because he would always have a story or joke to bring the light of laughter or the positive rays of happiness into our living room. When we faced some of our darkest hours, his friendship and encouragement was there...not just on a monthly basis, but frequent calls, just dropped by, secret helps. He was always a doer of secret acts of kindness. He had a heart capable of unconditional forgiveness. When a young man committed an act which caused the loss of his son, Sunshine was able to forgive and encourage the young man to change his life.
I am glad I was fortunate enough to have him as a friend. Sunshine will always be remembered by my children, because he made the effort to know them as individuals. We know he is in Heaven and that we will see him again some day, but our world is a little dimmer with out his sunshine.