Papa Bear's Tale: The Intro
I'm delighted to present the first-ever guest appearance of Papa Bear on my blog in the form of an interview. There is no one I am more proud of, and I'm excited about this opportunity for you to get to know him a little bit better.
Papa Bear (aka John) was born right here in in West Texas nearly 59 years ago. Following the death of his father in a car accident when John was three years old, he moved with his mother and older sister no less than 13 times while growing up, being in five different schools in the 6th grade alone! John dropped out of school at 16 to began working full-time and he's been working ever since. He married at 17, becoming a father just two months later. That marriage ended in heartbreak a year later and a short while thereafter John relocated to West Texas and began a series of jobs which let to his current employment at the truck accessories store where he has been for the past 31 years, rising from the ranks of a lowly installer to General Manager. John married twice more, tragically losing his wife of 29 years to an aneurysm, and his following wife just six years later to breast cancer. He has three wonderful daughters and six awesome grandkids ranging in age from 10-22.
John's life has been anything but easy, and yet he is a man of love, laughter, compassion, and courage. He could have chosen to play the role of a victim and no one would have blamed him, but instead John chose to make something good of his life, and is a powerful example of what one can accomplish if they are determined to overcome the odds. John is a Freemason and a proud seventeen year member of his Lodge, recently serving a year as Worshipful Master. There is not a place we go in this city of 100,000 people, that someone doesn't walk up to greet him and shake his hand, including some of the most wealthy and influential men in the community. Everyone knows him and respects him. When I was engaged to John and new to this city, I had a local businessman tell me that John is "the real deal". Indeed he is that and much more.
Continued in Papa Bear's Tale: The Interview - Part I