This afternoon I drove up to Red Lake to say good- bye to a friend. Tom Lussier, Vietnam Veteran and crewmember on a PBR (Patrol Boat, River) had died unexpectedly. I met Tom more than twenty years ago. I enjoyed his quiet way and never-ending stories.
Many times, Tom invited me to come fishing a trout lake with him, but each time I was too busy. A few weeks ago I saw him in Bemidji and again he invited me. I told him that this summer I would definitely be up for a day of fishing.
Tom’s Memorial reads:
And if I should go before you
Know that part of me still
You will not see me, yet I will
Be there walking with you.
You will not touch me,
Yet I will live in your heart and
Have faith that we will one day
Hand in Hand in eternity.
Until then, live your life for life
And know that I am with you.
Tom, perhaps one day we’ll still get out fishing.
Smooth sailing, my friend.