I am Phil’s older brother Art and I wanted to say thank you in advance for your support in this endeavor.
I have a tendency to ramble… so you may want to get a beverage before proceeding.
First off I want to thank everyone who has put this together for my brother, if you have not or are not mentioned but should be blame cousin Andrew…
Ya see Andrew has been working on this for a while and is very passionate about the project, it’s progress and it’s prospects. He calls pretty regularly to let me know how and what things are going on. A typical conversation with him on this topic sorta sounds like this:
IN HALE.. goinggranttheschoolarshipsent450emailsout.. IN HALE..
MikeisrunningtheUSMCMarathonwithmenextyear.. IN HALE..
It has been almost 4 months since Phil past. I can’t say that they have all been easy. I will tell you though that I am still more proud than sad. Not only of Phil but of the community that helped pay homage to him during the funeral. The images in my head are clear and detailed as if I am standing there right now. What the people of this community did for my brother was humbling and they should be EXTREMELY proud of what they have done and continue to do every day. For those that were not there you can find photos on the web I will tell you it was the most impressive display I have ever seen.
The events around my Brother’s funeral moved me to take a good look at what I have done for the place I grew up in. I felt and still feel very guilty that I had/have not given back to the community that gave my family and I so much, at least not to the degree I feel I should have.
TeamDykeman, his Blog, the Scholarship drive, the dedications are a beginning and I am glad that my cousins have taken the ball and run with it.
I don’t believe we are done here though. I don’t know how or what I will do to follow suite but I still owe.
In the coming weeks I plan on writing some stories about Phil, and encourage anyone who wants to share their stories as well for a few of reasons:
1. So his kids will know their father like I(we) did
2. For those that follow him through this scholarship
3. For us to remember and never forget