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He was a father to me

Those of you close to Carman, know me well, he was a father to me.What no one really knows is how this came to be. It was a sunny day at Forwells Beach in Waterloo, I was there with my mom and my sister, I was maybe 6 years old. It was getting on in the afternoon, time to go home, there was no cells phones back then. Mom told me to go ask the people over there what time it was, I walked over to Carman instead, asked him the time,(twenty to four) and the rest is history. I was seven when I moved into Karn St., I grew up there. I remember I was given $5 back then to start calling Carman, Dad, it was a family friend from Hamilton. Roger and Muriel always treated me like one of the family. When the weather was warm, we spent a lot of time at the junk yard along the river, or at the races with Roger, dad and I. As I was growing into a man , Carman kept me in line, he taught me to respect others, stay out of trouble, and to hang with good people, not bad. As it went, things did not work out with Mom, but I always, kept close with Carman. There was even a couple years there where I got to know Kevin Freeland, we did some crazy things and had a few good times at the Coronet. I can vouch for Kevin when he talks about the DNA connection he had with Carman. I never had the McGlynn strength. The two of them would wrestle in the back yard, after Kevin would leave, Carman would always say, Kevin is strong, but I'm just playing with him. After I married Karen and had kids , we maybe were not as close, but we still got together for occasions and talked a few times a week, he would call me or I would call him. Over the years we got to know Betty, she was good for him, and to him, she took care of him, she kept him in line. Karen and I really feel for Betty, words cannot fill the void she is left with. I too feel that void, he was the man who raised me, he was my Dad.
Posted by Tim
Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 2:37 am
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