RICHARD OATES REMEMBERS JERRY
Jerry lived the American dream. He grew up in the small town of Mancelona, Michigan with very modest means in a large family of 8 children. No college degree but somehow he convinced his first boss in the brokerage business to hire him. Years later he became a manager.
mn.mn.bn.mnbnbText from Emil: “Good morning, Mr. Moore. This is Emil. Richard has kept me up to date on your condition. I hear you guys have had some good laughs this visit. I remember when we went camping and canoeing with Kaelub. That was such a special trip to all of us. Witnessing a bond between my stepdad and his closest friend made a great impact on me then. It showed me another great side of Richard and brought us all closer together. Thank you for being such a GREAT friend to our family.
Text from Michael: “Mr. Moore, this is Michael Oates. I hope you are managing ok today, dad has said it’s really rough for you. I wanted to tell you some things that I have been meaning to lately, it always seems I have 28 hours of work to do and a 24 hr day to get them done. I have always had the utmost respect for you. From the first time I met you as a little kid you were always as nice as you could be to me and Jason. It seemed that no matter how big you got in the in the corporate world you were always down to earth as a person. I know my father has so much respect for you and always has. He always talks so highly of you and I know y’all’s visits mean the world to him.
I still remember that blue Toyota 4 Runner you drove years ago. I remember thinking how cool it was that the manager of a big broker firm drove a truck that had a removable top. I remember when dad would have me and Jason at the office it was always fun to see you because you were cool to talk to. I have a habit of waiting too long to tell people things, so I wanted to make sure I wrote you today. I hope that life has brought you everything you wanted because you definitely worked hard for it and deserve it. You will always have my respect Mr. Moore. I hope you and dad enjoy your visit. ~ Michael.”
I thank God that he gave me my friend Jerry; and, Jerry — I appreciate you.