It is Thanksgiving Day and I am as always thankful for the many blessing God has given me and my family. I am thankful for our health, my family and that I am blessed to live in the greatest country on Earth. America has her scars and wrinkles but she is my country and I am blessed to be her citizen wrinkles and all.
While it is true that I am thankful for many things I take this particular Thanksgiving to give thanks for the friendship of Mr. George Roper. I found out that GM passed away a few days ago and I have been bummed ever since I heard the news. I decided to take the time to give thanks for his friendship.
It is strange to think of it as a friendship when I consider that GM and I have never met face to face. He and I became acquainted because we belonged to the same groups and we both worked at Wide Awakes radio. GM and I would log into each others shows and chat back and forth. He was a true patriot and loved this country dearly. He was a true conservative and he wore his passion on his sleeve.
I am a health care professional as was GM. He worked in mental health and he and I would communicate and bounce things off each other. It was always great to get his advice and to see things from a different perspective.
As I stated, I have never met GM in person but I felt as if we had been friends all our lives. He just had the kind of personality that was addictive. Even if he disagreed with you he did so with kindness. I know he did not like liberalism and the things that are happening in this country but GM had a way of expressing his feelings with dignity and without taking away the dignity of the person with whom he disagreed. I think as a mental health professional he always remembered that a person was at the other end of the opposing opinion. I have always admired how he was able to keep that fact in mind when he disagreed. I am not so able and often times allow that to escape me when I disagree with someone. I think the world would be a better place if people could remember that a living, feeling human is on the other end.
Yes, sometimes that is difficult but GM made it look easy.
GM had lung cancer some years ago and he was able to beat that disease and was in remission for a number of years. Our tight knit group always waited for his latest results and were overjoyed when they were good.
Unfortunately, GM developed another cancer and it took his life.
The world is a little darker today because of the loss of this caring man but Heaven is a little bit brighter.
My family and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to GM’s family and we will keep them in our prayers as they go through this extremely tough time.
God bless GM Roper and give comfort and strength to his family.
Never surrender, never submit.