I know the chances of any of you knowing this man are slim to none,
but he deserves the any memorial that man can provide, and I would be
remiss in my human obligations not to speak his name.
Michael Everitt Durch was the best man I have ever known. He may not
have been a woodworker, but he was a devoted family man and one of the
most decent and upright human beings I have ever had the pleasure of
knowing. He died on April 27th, 2005ev at the age of 52 of systemic
cancer, and left behind a son and a daughter by blood, and several
sons in spirit, of which I can only hope to number myself one. In the
fourteen years in which I knew him, he was more a father to me than my
biological father ever has been. He was there when ever I needed him,
providing all the support- both emotional and material- that my father
could not or would not provide. While we differed in many opinions,
many spiritual, he never waivered in his unceasing devotion and
attention to either my well-being, or the well-being of any person in
his wide circle of friends and relations.
When I needed him, he was there- even when no one, not even myself,
thought I was worth the air I breathed. I was a junkyard dog- born of
bad blood, and turned mean by design- and he was the only one who took
the time to give me a pat on the head, and a fresh bowl of water from
time to time. His kindness gave me the knowledge and desire needed to
live a human life. I fall short of that kindness in many, many ways,
but I will never cease in my desire to improve myself because of the
faith he had in me. If it was not for the safe haven he provided me
as a child, I would not be alive today, and I cannot thank him enough
Few people on alive today deserve the kind of praise that this man did
(and does) and I wanted to share it with as many people as possible.
Since this is the only internet forum I regularly visit, this is my
only outlet- and it is a testiment to the regulars on this group that
I feel that you are intelligent and caring enough to understand the
importance of such a memorial.
Thank you for your time, even when the post is entirely off-topic.
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