The father of an old friend of our family --and, indeed, somewhat of a friend, himself -- has passed away this Wednesday. Michael "Mike" Cavanaugh, of Monmouth IL, died at home.
Mike's firstborn son, Michael, was in my sister's class in school, and the two of them ran with the same crowd. Michael is a bright, witty, charming, decent and honorable man, and, as they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Mike, too, was all that.
Mike was also, in my experience, kind and thoughtful, quick with a smile, and therefore, quite the opposite of what one might expect were one to walk into his workplace, the local office of the Illinois DMV (even when he, himself, was obviously having a bad day).
He was a very good man, and he will be missed by all.