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So yesterday I went to a funeral. Why am I going to so many damn funerals? I've gone to so many different events of late. I don't remember going to so many things when I was in high school. Though there are reasons for it, really. I mean, all the weddings I'm hearing about, half of them are my friends getting married, and obvi that doesn't happen (much) in high school and not too often in college. Hopefully. Anyroads. And it's just family members getting old. Well Cornelius wasn't a family member. Moving on.

So I'm really not going to bore you with big posts and stuff. Cornelius was a "homeless" man who used to sit in front of my dad's building every day. I made a post when he died and another when there was a place for you to leave comments to him and all. He was a really sweet guy.

Anyway, his funeral was yesterday. My dad helped out a lot, but he's really nice in that he'll take a step back and not try to steal the limelight (aka his brother, my uncle). But everyone knew how much my da had done and came to thank him for it later and he would always answer "there were a lot of people who helped."

But really, for a man who was living in a van, it was just incredible, the ceremony and the turnout. There were at least 80 people there, plus a few police officers and firemen and women. And afterwards they released some doves and there was a small reception. And someone made bookmarks and Cornelius' family was there, and they talked about how he wasn't really homeless. It was kind of like voluntary poverty that started after he'd spent all of his money on his wife's cancer treatment. And see my sentences are just getting more abstract by the moment, so I'll stop there.

Edit: Sorry, did I say 80? I meant 250. I can't count. Anyway, here is the article that made the front page this morning. Center article above the fold. He will definitely be remembered as the San Jose Ambassador.


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May. 12th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds amazing. I'm glad it was a nice ceremony.
May. 12th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Says Alison. How sad that I was anonymous just there.
May. 13th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
I love you and your anonymous comments. And non-anonymous comments.
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May. 13th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Crazy, isn't it? He just... was. All the time. I should have made him more cookies. Broke my heart when there were instances where people needed money and he gave it to them.
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May. 13th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Tell me about it. ♥
May. 12th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
He sounds totally sweet...and how tragic about him spending money for his wife's cancer treatment, so sad.
I've also been going to a lot of funerals this year, it has really been tough...I hope it's over for this year.
May. 13th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
My daddu and I didn't even know about it until after he'd died and we saw it in one of the comments. Just incredible.

Me too, kitten. ♥
May. 12th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
May. 13th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
♥ ♥
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