My uncle, Joel Ivan Orgill, passed away this week, on July 7, 2010. I wish we had lived closer so I could have spent more time with him, but I will never forget his words of wisdom, his example and his loving advice.
Joel suffered with cancer for the last few years of his life. He outlived the doctors expectations and amazed every one who knew him. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer but did not give up or give in. When I was diagnosed, 2 years later, he called me and gave me wonderful advice on how to survive and thrive, despite my tumor. He gave me reasons to hope, laugh, live and love. He inspired me and reminded me to stay positive and be grateful, no matter how hard things got.
All those who knew him learned from his righteous example. His loving family should be proud of their husband, father and grandfather. I know he is still having a joyous reunion with his dear mother. I hope he tells her how much we all love and miss her, too.
We will miss you, Unca Joel. See you on the other side, but not yet. :)