August 7, 2012
While we were off on our vacation, we read in our Facebook feed that Don Schmidt was in the hospital and was doing very poorly. Don was a fixture at Me 'n Ed's, and after several of our big family get-togethers there, he finally accepted that we considered him a part of the family. As a matter of fact, I've posted pictures of him here as part of our big 'ol eclectic group of chosen family that comes out to enjoy each others' company at Me n' Ed's.
Sadly, just as we were returning from the vacation, Don passed away. As a tribute, his family decided to celebrate his life at the place he loved--the place where he was just as much a fixture as Norm was at the Cheers bar--Don's Me n' Ed's. I had the opportunity to meet his real family there, and they all said that Don had talked about us all and had just loved how we had embraced him and made him one of our own. It was really a lovely thing to hear, that we had made an impact on him. He'll surely be missed. He'll still be there, though, in spirit, since they put a plaque on his favorite bar stool in his memory.