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Back from an unscheduled trip to Rhode Island

Posted By on April 16, 2011

Not posted before or during the trip, obviously, for reasons of operational security.

My grandfather passed away last Monday night. The wake was well attended. The funeral was on a clear, crisp spring day. Some of the local CMA chapter showed up, in support of my father and uncle who are members, and of my grandfather, who was a veteran of WWII and Korea. The processional was long – about a dozen motorcycles, glimmering in the sun with their chrome, the lead one trailing a large American flag.

We passed by the family farm, where the funeral director placed a white rose on the front steps, before we continued on to St. Theresa’s church, where the funeral was held. We then proceeded to St. Theresa’s cemetery up the street, where some naval personnel were waiting for us.

Some folks from the Navy were there, and he was laid to rest by his parish priest who was a fellow navy man himself, with military honors. (I was doing well until taps.. that always gets me).

I was going to write a little more about his life, but my father did a better job than I could in his eulogy, which I have included in its entirety below the cut. I want to thank you all for coming today as we bid our final earthly farewell to my father Alfred Emile Caron. He was a husband, a brother, a father, an uncle, a grandfather, a great grandfather and a friend to many. For 84 years he lived on this earth. He entered the Navy at a very young age, a farm boy from Sturbridge Massachusetts. He served in 2 wars, was wounded in WW II and served in the Korean conflict. Although he was wounded and was offered medals for his service, he would not accept many of them, he did not consider himself worthy, because some of his friends and comrades paid the greater price. They never came home. Having served much of his career on LCIs (Landing craft infantry) he witnessed some horrible things. He didn’t like to talk about it much, but he did mention the horror of seeing young men running down the ramps, only to be cut to ribbons by enemy fire. These scenes and others haunted his dreams for years. He was a man who loved his country and often said that “After having traveled most of the world while in the Navy, the United States of America is the greatest country in the world”. He made no apologies for it.

On February 27, 1954 he married Doris Marie Zacharie, the little Zacharie girl from Central Falls. During the past 57 years together they raised 4 children and they have been blessed with 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He often spoke to me of how much he loved Mom and how important she was to him.

Dad was a member of UA Local 51 for 50 years. He spent some of the early years working as a refrigeration technician, but most of those years he worked as a Pipefitter. Dad enjoyed nature and the outdoors and through the years spent time hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, motorcycling and snowmobiling. He also loved the farm that he and Mom bought about 27 years ago. He recently said that the only way he was going to leave there was feet first. He was true to his word.

Just after 11:00 PM on April 11, 2011, surrounded by his family he left this world to meet his maker and he stepped into eternity. Many of us here feel the sorrow and grief of his passing and he will be truly missed by many.

In our grief God’s word offers comfort, Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. There is comfort in those words for those of us that remain. One day we will be reunited with those we love who have gone before us. Our grief and sorrow are temporary, Psalm 30:5 says “His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

My Dad has left this world, and his eternal future is set based on the decisions he made while he was here on earth. There is nothing left for us to do but pray that our merciful God will keep him safely with Him. Hebrews 9:27 And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. My sorrow, my concern, my burden at this moment is for those of us here that remain. What is our future? How will we spend eternity?

Romans 3:10 “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin. We were born under the power of sin’s control. – Admit that you are a sinner.

Romans 6:23a “…The wages of sin is death…”

Sin has an ending. It results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin. But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity. The Bible teaches that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever. It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain.- Understand that you deserve death for your sin.

Romans 6:23b “…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Salvation is a free gift from God to you! You can’t earn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it. – Ask God to forgive you and save you.

Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”

When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us,understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!

Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you — not religion, or church membership. God loves you!

Romans 10:13 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”

Call out to God in the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:9,10 “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

  • If you know that God is knocking on your heart’s door, ask Him to come into your heart.

Jesus said, Revelation 3:20a “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”

  • Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door?

Believe in Him.

Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

Open the Bible to the Gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus, about you, and about being born again.

God will help you. He loves you.


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