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For those of you who could not be there, here is a copy of one of the
Eulogies given at Charlie's service, by a very dear friend, John Pulling.

Sally



>I did a cut-and-paste so this should work since there isn't any special
>formatting.  The original is in Lotus Word Pro, but can put it in MS Word
>if you would like it that way.  Or I  can do whatever you would like.  Just
>let me know.  If you want to put this in Word, the easist way would be to
>cut-and-paste.  I have it set up for double-spacing but you can change that
>in Word.  I also reduced the font pitch from 14 to 12.
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>We also enjoyed your visit with us the other night.  Nancy is off to Salt
>Lake City now, but if there is anything I can do for you just let me know.
>Rick and I will be around this weekend if you need us.
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>Love, Jon
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>                         Eulogy for Charlie Tilson
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>We have come together today to honor the life of Charlie Tilson...a life
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>ended much earlier than any of us would have wanted.  This memorial service
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>begins a period of time for the celebration of his life, but that in no way
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>diminishes the grief and sorrow that we feel for the loss of our family
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>member and friend.
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>Today, we have our chance to say "Thank you Charlie, for the way you
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>touched our lives".  We will all feel cheated that you are gone from us so
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>young, and yet we must learn to be grateful for the time we had with you.
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>We pay you our respect and honor the memories you have left with us.  Your
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>wonderful sense of humor; your joy for life, transmitted wherever you took
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>that wonderful smile and the sparkle in your eyes; your laughter and
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>affability that captured the hearts of the many people around you.
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>Everyone who was close to Charlie is here today and there's not much I can
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>add to what you know about him; for those of you who may not have known him
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>as well, you too have a sense of what Charlie was about.  Of course, his
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>family knows him best;  Sally, his beloved wife and partner; his parents
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>Margie and Joseph, sister Kay, step parents Beverly and Hugh, and all the
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>other members of his family.  Many of you have known Charlie for a long
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>time through his professional career as a musician;  others through school
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>or family acquaintances.  I must admit that I haven't known Charlie for as
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>long as many of you have;  maybe 2 +  years.   But during that brief period
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>of time, I have come to treasure the friendship that I have had with
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>Charlie.  The one thing that all of us have in common is our memories of
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>the times we spent with Charlie. The details of those memories are
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>different for each of us;  nevertheless, I think there is commonality in
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>our experiences.  So let me tell you about the Charlie that I know.
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>Charlie had a zest for life.  His enthusiasm and energy for the many
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>projects he enjoyed seemed boundless, whether playing the piano, composing
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>music on the computer or working on special projects like Phantom
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>Productions.  My wife and I were introduced to Charlie by another mutual
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>friend.  Rick had heard Charlie play a number of times and was greatly
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>impressed with Charlie's talent as a musician and entertainer.  He once
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>told me how he had given Charlie a tape recorded song.  Charlie took the
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>tape and after listening to it for a short time, sat down and recorded a
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>piano arrangement.
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>We went for the first time to see Charlie play at Amedeo's, a restaurant
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>near Kingwood.  Have you ever met someone for the first time, and in a very
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>short while, felt like you had known them forever?  Well, that was how it
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>was for us when we met Charlie and Sally that night.  We had such a
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>wonderful time with them, listening to the music and talking between sets,
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>that before we knew it, the restaurant was closing.  (I'm sure none of you
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>have had that experience before.)  We invited them to our house where we
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>continued to share experiences and some weird stuff called Cuarenta y Tres,
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>interlaced of course with Charlie's spicy wit and humor.  He always seemed
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>to have a good joke for any occasion.  As the night wore on, we invited
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>them to stay with us, but they confessed they had left their babies,
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>Spencer and Dizzy, at home alone and needed to take care of them so they
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>left in the wee hours of the morning.
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>You might wonder what is so special about that story.  You might say that
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>it sounds like a thousand other stories about Charlie.  And you would be
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>correct.  The significant point to all those stories is that with Charlie,
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>you always knew what you would get.  Charlie was consistently Charlie.  He
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>lived without pretense and gave of his pure heart completely. Charlie never
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>had to brag about his immense talent.  His music was its own expression of
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>his talent.  We asked him earlier this summer how many songs he had in his
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>repertory.  The answer was over two thousand songs.  Whether he was playing
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>the piano entertaining an audience or sitting in my living room discussing
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>computers or sitting at Rick's table eating turducken and grilled boudin
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>washed down with copious amounts of red wine, Charlie was the same witty,
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>entertaining, interesting, caring, loving person as he had been the first
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>time we met.
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>Along with his zest for life and boundless energy, Charlie was a very rich
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>man.  (After seeing all those doctor bills, I know Sally will be glad to
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>hear that).  No,  I'm not talking about riches measured in dollars and
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>cents.  I'm talking about those things that are priceless...the love,
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>admiration and friendship of so many people, including all of you in this
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>audience today and those that could not be here.  Charlie had many friends
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>before his illness was diagnosed.  And those friends really came to bat for
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>him, or should I say, Sit In For Him, when he could not continue his
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>engagements.  And, there are many others who gave of themselves to help
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>their friend during this time  Let me tell you, you have honored Charlie
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>and you have honored yourself by your selfless acts of kindness.
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>But beyond any shadow of doubt, the crown jewel of Charlie's wealth is his
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>loving, devoted wife Sally.  Sally wasn't just his wife.  She was his
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>soul-mate.  They were the perfect compliment to each other.  They enjoyed
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>each other so much.  There was a certain synergy in their relationship that
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>many couples never experience.  And once Charlie started treatment for his
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>cancer, Sally never left his side, standing toe to toe against the
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>hospitals, doctors, nurses and insurance companies to make sure that
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>Charlie received the best possible care.  Sally, I've told you before how I
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>feel about that, but we all have the utmost respect for your tireless labor
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>during this extremely difficult time.
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>Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a noted physician and psychiatrist, has written many
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>books on the subject of Death and Dying.  In one of her books she says, "
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>People are like stain-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun
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>is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only
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>if there is a light from within."   All of us who knew Charlie knew we were
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>seeing a beautiful stain-glass window.  I also know those of us who were
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>fortunate to be around Charlie during this dark period of his illness, have
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>also seen the true beauty of the stain-glass window as the light from
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>within him has shone so brightly.  Throughout this entire ordeal, I never
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>saw Charlie lose his positive, upbeat, optimistic outlook.  I never heard
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>him complain or ask for sympathy, although he had every right to feel that
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>way.  He remained the consumate entertainer, more concerned with those
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>around him, than he was for himself.
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>There are many special memories that I have that typify the things that I
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>have been trying to say about Charlie.  There is one in particular that
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>stands out in my mind that I want to tell you about, because I think it is
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>the best example of the Charlie that I know.
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>My wife and I had gone to see Charlie at his home right after the decision
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>to stop treatment for the cancer.  This was a very difficult time for us
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>because we all knew, including Charlie, that this could be the last time we
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>would be together.  Charlie had told Sally that morning, it was time to go
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>to church, so when we arrived, I suggested that we have a prayer service
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>with the emphasis on ministering to a sick person, namely Charlie.  As I
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>began, I was overcome with emotion but gained control and continued.  There
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>is a point in the service where I would lay my hands upon Charlie's head
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>and offer a prayer.  I was doing good until I placed my hands on Charlie's
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>head and started the prayer.  In the serenity and reverence of that moment,
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>my emotions got the better of me.  But it was at this same moment, while my
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>hand was on Charlie's head, sobbing and trying to say the prayer, that
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>Charlie looked up at me, and without a word, put his hand on my arm as if
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>to say, "it's all right, I'm here with you".  How's that for a switch.  I'm
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>supposed to be consoling him, and he winds up consoling me.  In the
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>darkness of that moment, the light from within Charlie shone brightly upon
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>us all.
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>I could go on and on with the memories that I have and will treasure
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>forever.  You have many memories of your own.  I would ask you to keep
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>those memories alive.  Remember Charlie.  Talk about him.  Relive your
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>experiences of him.  He already has eternal life in Heaven.  You can give
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>him eternal life here on earth.  Talk to Sally about Charlie.  Talk to his
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>family.  Please don't think you will hurt them any more by talking about
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>him.  They are already in terrible pain over the loss of this wonderful
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>husband, son and brother.  How could you possibly make them hurt any more
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>by saying something nice about Charlie?
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>There is a poem by Constance Jenkins that I think addresses very well this
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>topic of memories.  I found this at a beautiful spot on the Internet that
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>deals with the loss of a pet.  That may seem strange to some of you, but
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>love for our pets is something else Charlie and Sally and Nancy and I
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>share.  So knowing of Charlie's love for his babies, his dogs, it seems
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>fitting to me to close with this.
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>                     Weep not for me though I am gone
>                          Into that gentle night
>                   Grieve if you will, but not for long
>                       Upon my soul's sweet flight.
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>                     I am at peace, my soul's at rest
>                        There is no need for tears.
>                    For with your love I was so blessed
>                         For all those many years.
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>                      There is no pain, I suffer not,
>                         The fear now all is gone.
>                Put now these things out of your thoughts,
>                         In your memory I live on.
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>                     Remember not my fight for breath
>                          Remember not the strife
>                    Please do not dwell upon my death,
>                          But celebrate my life.
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