This was a eulogy I wrote for Robert Dove, my father-in-law. He passed away in May and the family held a memorial service in June. I was unable to attend but wrote this, which my daughter, Layci Nelson, read.
This is the story of Buddy Gray, a blind piano tuner who entered and exited our family’s life while I was in high school. He seemed larger than life at first. Then I saw him use his handicap to prop up an ugly truth.
A night of memories and new discoveries, played to the accompaniment of Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung in a suburban setting in southern California.