Ernie Harwell we will miss you!

I know unless you lived in Michigan you may not get the sadness we feel in this state at the loss of Mr. Harwell.  He was like a father to some of us and very dear friend to the rest of us.  He was a christian man and was unashamed about it.  He started every season with the bible quote from the Song of Solomon.  
 
For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
 
He would remember the names of people he met only once twenty years later.  he made you feel like you were important.  He donated his time and money to the community and was an unbelievable kind, generous, and thoughtful man.  To really know how we feel about him can be heard in his farewell speech.
 
"Rather than good-bye, please allow me to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be part of your family. Thank you for taking me with you to that cottage up north, to the beach, the picnic, your work place and your backyard. Thank you for sneaking your transistor under the pillow as you grew up loving the Tigers.  Now I might have been a small part of your life. But you have been a very large part of mine. And it's my privilege and honor to share with you the greatest game of all.  Now God has a new adventure for me. And I'm ready to move on. So I leave you with a deep sense of appreciation for your longtime loyalty and support. I thank you very much, and God bless all of you."
 
He lived a long 92 years with dignity.  We should all be so lucky.
 
Rest In Peace Mr. Harwell.  Rest In Peace.

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