By Thomas Morrone CFP®, CPA
On January 30, 2019, my uncle Ed passed away peacefully. He was the last of my father’s siblings (Morrone) to pass on. All my mom’s siblings (Savo) have previously passed. When you reach an age of 90+, some say, “what a great run” and I agree with that statement. Ed could design and build an addition to a house. He could use his fine motor skills to build a miniature doll house and furniture to scale. He was always there to lead or lend a hand on a project. His engineering mind was always at work and he used that mindset in an artistic manner as well. He loved music and was an accomplished organ player. With his passing, an era of my upbringing came to an end. My parents and their siblings lived through some amazing times. For my generation, World War II was something we read about in our history books in school. For their generation, they lived through it and endured sacrifices to support the world efforts to put an end to the war. One of my father’s brothers, Peter, made the ultimate sacrifice and died when his plane crashed after being shot down by the enemy. My father’s other brother Victor was in a bomber plane that was shot down as well. He was wounded in the crash, but he survived and received the Purple Heart.