Thanks for letting us know, Roper.
As celebrated as celebrities are, oftentimes it is the ordinary people whose passing directly affects us the most. I will “miss” many of the prominent figures who pass, but not in the same sense as those I know personally who were part of my everyday world or that I knew “through” someone close to me.
We all have beloved family members, dear friends, brothers & sisters in the gospel, congenial neighbors, special co-workers, classmates, students, teachers, people we encounter at the grocery store, post office, or neighborhood park, & others whose presence adds something to our lives on a regular basis. These are the folks that I think most of us miss the most when they’re gone.
I recently went to a funeral for someone I never met, who was the grandfather & uncle of a family in my ward. This gentleman didn’t live in our area & few if any ward members knew him, but his family buried him here, near where most of them live. From what was shared at the service, he had a full & fulfilling life & did good for many people, his family & others. It’s obvious that those who love him will miss him more than they’ll miss Don Rickles, Chuck Berry, Mary Tyler Moore, or Zsa Zsa Gabor.