On July 3rd, Peter’s stepbrother Bruce died after a long bout with melanoma. Bruce was an amazing man - one of those once in a lifetime people. Smart, funny, caring, great brother, fabulous husband, tremendous son. The list could go on forever.
To lose such a fantastic human being so young is just heart wrenching. But Bruce faced death with tremendous dignity and courage. And he and Andrea (his wife) are a testament to the true meaning of love. They made their way through this past year with humor, courage, love, and dignity. Every time Peter and I visited them in Chicago, we came away richer and more fulfilled.
Bruce’s Chicago Memorial Service was held Monday. It was an intense, sad, funny and amazing gathering of family and friends. Bruce was a large part of so many people’s lives. The audience included friends all the way from grade school through the last year of his life. At least forty college classmates and fraternity brothers attended.
The weekend was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Knowing Bruce and Andrea has made me a better human being.
Below is a slideshow including pictures from the Sunday gathering at Bruce and Andrea’s. I did not take any pictures at the Memorial Service. But I had to include pictures from the Temple’s social hall where the post service reception was held. The assistant rabbi is a rock guitarist and curated an exhibition of album covers that he has collected over the years. The album covers have one common theme - Jews and Music. It was perfect: