My uncle Dick gave me a lot of attention when I was a young boy, before he had a family of his own to tend to. One thing he did was buy me a $25 savings bond every Christmas. An odd gift for a boy, but I loved it. It taught me the value of saving and soon I was buying stamps at school to buy my own savings bonds. He let me drive, yes drive his Scorpion snowmobile when I was only 5 or 6 years old, how I enjoyed that feeling! When I was about 8 years old he bought me a plate of my oysters at the Constableville Fireman's Field Days. That was a rare treat for me back in those days. I also remember when my grandfather, Robert Leroy Crofoot, Dicks father, passed away in 1973. Dick gently and quietly offered comfort to my very sad heart.
Dick made special investments in my young life that helped me feel valued and important. Passing that along to a young person in your circle of influence would be a fitting tribute to Dick.