In loving Memory
Posted by Meg Bear on December 31, 2008
John William Groth
July 17, 1944 – Dec 29, 2008
Not a blog post about Talent or Social Media, so thanks for your patience. Instead I’m writing a words in memory of my father’s only brother.
My uncle was a proud Marine, a 35-year member of the Retail Clerks union and recently served on the board of directors for his local water district. He was also genetically predisposed to a heart condition, suffered a recent stroke and was a committed smoker for several decades.
This is the third family member I have lost early, aided by a nicotine addiction. I would like to appeal to anyone else I care about, to seriously consider giving up smoking. I know it’s your right, I know it’s your body and I really do know it’s addictive. It’s not an easy thing to stop doing, but I’m convinced it’s a very fast way to cut your life expectancy by at least 15 years.
Believe it or not, my general social agenda is to mind my own business, and I promise to get back to that ASAP, but writing and printing obituaries really sucks. Try to think about my needs for a minute and consider a lifestyle choice that is less predictable.
Happy New Year everyone, hug your family and count your blessings. Wishing you all health and happiness in 2009 and sending love to my Aunt and Cousin who are going to miss John immensely.