Saturday morning, August 7, 2010, very
early, I shared an unexpected and
heartfelt moment in time with Rich
Peluso as we paid homage to our close
friend Jimmy Peterson. Rich and I
were both in town for the 40th RFA class
I first picked
Rich up at the Quality Inn and before
getting in my car, he grabbed a portable
CD player out of his vehicle along with
8 batteries necessary to use it without
had a CD with him and when we got to the
cemetery, we walked around looking for
Jimmyís stone which we found in just a
few short minutes.
Without hesitation, Rich placed
the CD in the deck and we stood, stared,
seconds, I had a lump in my throat.
Not a word was
uttered as we listened. What a beautiful
song, and so appropriate.
When the song was finished, we
both had trouble talking as I know we
were both on the verge of just breaking
down, but fighting it as we guys often
you RichÖ. Iíll never forget that
morning with you.
are able to hear the song as you visit
this pageÖ. ďMy Old FriendĒ by Tim
was my best friend from Rome,
When I moved
in 1966, I kept in touch with many by
phone and postal mail, but as lives
moved on, I lost touch with many with
the exception of Jim.
I visited Rome
now and then thoughout the years and
always went straight to Jimís store or
house each time. When Jim began a family
with Patty Ott, it was beautiful and
was a great partner and father and one
of his greatest qualities was the way he
encouraged and complimented people.
He was always
upbeat and never spoke negatively about
love and miss Jim very much and regret
that he never saw the RCR site as he
passed away March 27 2009. He would have
loved reading about all of you. - Dennis