Dom and I have lived in Haddonfield for 35 years, and we have had the very good fortune of meeting a large variety of people and becoming friends with many of them.
Unfortunately it seems that all good fortune comes with a price to pay. For us lately that price has become saying goodbye.
Tuesday we said goodbye to Pete Lundgren.
We first met Pete and Pauline at Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School, Since our children are very similar ages, we attended the elementary school fairs, Little League games, graduation and proms at the same time.
Pete and Pauline always gave us a big smile and a warm welcome. We were always happy to see them and catch up on each other’s lives.
Dom and Pete played tennis with a group of friends once a week for a couple of years. Dom always looked forward to Pete’s humor and camaraderie. I think the wings and the beer and the friendship, more than the tennis, were the real attraction on those Thursday nights.
Our children grew up and we would only occasionally run into Pete and Pauline. But some things never change. The big smile and warm welcome were the same. We were so happy to see each other and would promise to get together. But life gets busy and complicated and we never could get it together.
On Tuesday, we were welcomed by Pauline with the usual warmth and we felt sadness that Pete wasn’t there by her side.
Goodbye Pete – it was our very great pleasure to have known you and called you our friend.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Unknown