It’s hard to describe Tom’s Great-Uncle Wes. The closest thing I can think of, is that being around him was like being enveloped in a giant bear-hug. He was the most genuine person I have ever met in my entire life. You absolutely, with out a doubt, knew that he meant every kind word spoken.
I remember the first time I met Wes and Velma. Tom and I were dating and I was nervous, as always, to meet new family members. Of course, as anyone who knows Wes understands, any nervous feelings were quickly dissipated. Watching the kind, but playful, banter between Wes and Velma, you couldn’t help smiling, and more importantly, relaxing. It didn’t take long to see how devoted they were to each other and I will never forget their love as a standard to live up to. When we left, Wes gave me a hug and whispered in my ear that he knew he would be seeing me again and, after a short pause, added: “with a ring on that finger, mind you!”
I know that Wes has influenced so many lives through his teaching and through his equally kind family. I probably spent less than 12 hours, total, with him, but he will never be forgotten. We love you very much Uncle Wes, you will be missed.