The Celebration of Life honoring with Rod Johnson was an astounding event!
The Hall at the American Legion in Lady Lake was almost packed to full capacity. Rod's daughter, Robin, son-in-law Cliff, and of course, girlfriend Joyce were in attendance. USS SCORPION Chapter Qualified Member, Tom Butler and his lovely wife were there too. Together with a large contingent of Rod's friends both local and some traveling the distance. USS James K. Polk shipmates got together and called in as group all the way from Arizona!
I had the honor to say a few words about Rod, the friendship he generously extended and mentorship. His many lasting contributions to both USS SCORPION and former 1st Gator Chapters.
We also had the privilege to have had SSMC National Vice President and Mason-Dixon Chapter President, Rick LaFave. Rick also had the opportunity to speak of Rod's numerous contributions to SSMC nationally.
Together we presented as a small token of our sympathies on behalf of SSMC flower arrangements to both Robin and Joyce.
The Celebration took well over two hours. I left a little after 22:00 and there were still a handful of attendees in the Hall.
I'd like to end this email with a poem from H.E. Housman I read recently and feel appropriate as we all remember our dear friend, Rod Johnson and the youthfulness of how he lived life. Rest in peace.
"With rue my heart is laden
For golden friends I had
For many a rose-lipped maiden
And many a lightfoot lad
By brooks too broad for leaping
The lighfoot boys are laid
The rose-lipped girls are sleeping
In fields where roses fade