One of the many friends I made in those days, the legendary, opinionated, multi-talented, George "GM" Roper, of McAllen, TX, passed away at 6am on November 26, 2013......he was 67.
His Obituary is here.
A retired mental health counselor and college professor, a cat and dog lover, blogger (3 over the years), internet radio host, and politically conservative he was one of the friendliest, kindest, funniest, most supportive people I have ever known; even through all his medical trials (Cancer, among other issues) all of those traits shown through loud and clear.
I first encountered him sometime in early 2006, maybe even earlier, and wrote about his blog, GM's Corner, and his participation as a radio host for the new Wide Awakes Network, in July of that year.
There are 2 tributes, by a couple of my blogging friends, who both knew him very well, that express the thoughts of many:
Kender MacGowan - Let me tell you about my friend
Texas Fred - Yesterday I lost a great friend
Also, the Rambles Blog, in 2007, shared some of journalist Tony Snow's advice to GM about surviving Cancer.
As for me....
I never met George in person but, in the past year, after my move to Houston (He had encouraged me to also consider McAllen), had the pleasure of chatting with him on the phone a few times, even as we continued occasional email correspondence and a connection on Facebook.
The last 3 years of our friendship saw him encourage me during long years of unemployment, several serious medical issues of my own(Broken ankle and 2 eye surgeries, 1 for cancer), a move from CA, to TX, and a 3 year creative journey that has seen me grow and evolve as a writer in ways that I could not have imagined when I started in 2002.
The best way I know to show my appreciation to him, aside from continuing to move forward as a writer, is to share comments he made on my blogs, during these last 3 years, supporting and encouraging me.....
1. Delightful little tale. Never look back, for we can't change the past.
11. I'm grateful that you keep on blogging, despite the trials and tribulations of the move, of the medical issues and of having a pussy that is ill. Long may you wave brother.
Oh, and I'm grateful that you are my friend also.
Thank you, George, for your friendship and support, it means so much to me that you cared and considered me a friend.
RIP, my friend.