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Lost my first and best customer tonight

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Smalltimer1, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,223

    Well I received a phone call about an hour ago here at the college that I was hoping I would not have to deal with.

    My next door neighbor at home died in his bed this afternoon. He was 90 years old.

    They had a nurse/sitter over there taking care of him and his wife, and when it happened she did NOT call 911 because supposedly she had a 'do not resuscitate' order on him, which when my father got home and his wife (87 years old) physically ran across the yard to our house to ask for help, my father went over there and called 911 and checked his pulse and the paramedics and cops came and he was pronounced dead on scene. They then discovered that the 'do not resuscitate' order did not exist. That is what makes me mad, because he probably could have been revived. But he was suffering from cancer and the effects of chemo and so he's in a better place now.

    He was the first person I ever mowed for, and the first person that ever gave me an old mower to fix up. I used to go over and sit on his deck and drink lemonade after I finished mowing with him and his wife and we'd just sit and talk and have a good time. Other times his wife would fix us lunch and he'd come out and stop me from mowing at lunch and tell me to come in and eat with them.

    We were really good friends, although he never was able to know what I exactly looked like, because he was 85% blind.

    He meant a lot to me and I will surely miss him.
  2. Cobra Jock

    Cobra Jock LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    I guess the best thing is that "he is in a better place" and that he got 90 years on this planet. Not to many can say that. Mydad passed a short time ago and it hurts. Try to remember the good times and help his wife any way that you can if possible! Sorry for your loss!

  3. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    sorry for your loss ,may god bless his soul,and you and your family. you lost a true friend ,buddy and pal amen
  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    sorry you lost a friend.
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    that is well said
  6. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    Sorry for your loss. Similar situations have happened to me a few times. With some retirees, it is almost like we become their best friend sometimes.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Sorry for your loss. 90 is a good time to be here and now he is in a far better place. The sad part now is that his wife no longer has her best friend. In the end, God will work his plan.
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    I am very sorry for your loss. my two best neighbors are in their 80's and not doing well. I am very concerned for them.

    but the DNR situation is very strange. who is the "she" in this statement:
    do you mean the NURSE "supposedly" made up a DNR on the patient?

  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Sorry for the loss, those old people are the link to our past and its hard to see them go. The DNR order is a tricky thing so dont beat yourself or the wife up on the fact that she said that she did not want him resuscitated. I am a paramedic and truthfully a 90 year old would not have much of a chance to be brought back even if we were in the next room once arrest occurs. Add the complications from cancer and you see that this is not what you or I would like to see but what God has determined.
    Rest in the fact that you knew a good person and you have a good heart also. Take care.
  10. plateau lawn care

    plateau lawn care LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 195

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. I just lost my uncle unexpectantly due to heart attack his son rushed over and performed cpr on him. I dont want to sound bad but i am a firefighter and eveyone we have done cpr on has died within a few days if we did get them back except for one . But 90 years is great :angel:

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