Friday, June 27, 2008

Snapshot of a Life

As you read this, I'm in Orange Park, FL, attending the memorial service for my husband's uncle Skip (Alex) Cuthbertson who died in San Francisco after falling ill on his way home from a trip to Alaska. I'm amazed that at nearly 79 years old, he was still going strong, still traveling. They say he had always wanted to see Alaska, so he did that, at least, before he died. His wife Mary was with him. She has survived more than one bout of breast cancer and is a very strong woman. Skip and Mary were our daughter's godparents, but we never got to spend much time around them, as they were in Florida and we were all over the place. I'm sure our daughter could have used their guidance.

Here is the obituary from Florida Today:
ALEX CUTHBERTSON ORANGE PARK Alex (Skip) Cuthbertson, age 78, of Orange Park, FL, passed away on Sunday, June 1,2008 in San Jose CA. Alex was born in Algonac, MI in 1929 to Robert and Maybelle (Sharrow) Cuthbertson. Alexs siblings include Robert and Bernie (both deceased), Dale of Port Huron, MI, Josie Czarniak of Melbourne, FL, and Diane Pavlichek of Outer Banks, NC. Alex proudly served as a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and was a recipient of the Korean Defense Service Medal for his service in the Korean War. He married Mary Paye in 1952 at Camp Lejeune, NC. Alex was President and owner of the former Venus Corp in Utica, MI. He was an engineer, machinist, inventor and entrepreneur. Recently, Alex was a member of both the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus in Tryon NC, and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Green Cove Springs, FL. Alex is lovingly remembered by his wife Mary; his children, Alex (Skippy) Cuthbertson of Orange Park FL, Terry Backs of St. Ignatius, MT, Jamie Cuthbertson of Orange Park, FL, and Mary Beth Selby of San Jose, CA. He was a wonderful Papa, and his memory will be cherished by his six grandchil dren, Amanda, Cara, Bradley, Raymond (deceased), Ashley and Matthew; and three great grandchildren, Gracie, Jeremiah and Madison. Arrangements for a service are pending. Memorial contributions can be made in Alex's name to the American Diabetes Assn. PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

So long, Uncle Skip. See you in another life, brother.- Desmond, "Lost"

Peace - D

9 comments:

Daryl said...

Yes, Des had it right .. rest in peace and see you in another life!!

:-Daryl

Akelamalu said...

How wonderful that he got to see Alaska before he was called home :)

CrazyCath said...

How sad - but as Akelamalu said, how wonderful too that he got see Alaska.

Great tribute. My commiserations to you and your family. You will see him in another life...

San said...

Well, it does sound like this particular life was a full one. Skip used his many talents and had a sense of adventure. And a loving family.

K.C. said...

What a full life your uncle had. It sounds like you admired him very, very much.. Amazing that he got that trip in...

Amazing how life works that way...
Your tribute was very moving.

Kayce

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

I'm so very glad he lived his life to its fullest. That's what drives me nuts about headstones. All that is used to describe our lives is a hyphen between our birth and death years. This obituary said much more and that's cool.

Maggie May said...

It was good that he got to see Alaska, but sad that he had to die.

Momma said...

Daryl - Gotta love those Desmond quotes.

Akela - One of the photos they showed of him was when he was seated on the deck of the cruise ship, surrounded by his family. He was smiling ear to ear.

Cath - Thanks, sweetie. He was a good guy and will be missed.

San - Just wait till you hear about the service. The outpouring of love was amazing.

K.C. - Makes you really think about what's important.

CMGD - And the obit wasn't the half of it. I'll tell you more in the next post.

Maggie - That's true, but he was a spiritual man, and I believe he is with God now. He had a very full life.

Peace - D

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

A decorated serviceman and inventor.....what a full life, indeed. The impact that his life had on so many others is evident in this obituary.

My condolences to you in your loss.