(Photos courtesty of Debb Raver's Facebook page.)
Yesterday afternoon, Tommy Rodakowski was surrounded by friends of his brother David, as we gathered to say goodbye. There were around 50 people who came, some from the valley. There was a lot of wonderful food. It was a very meaningful time of fellowship, as we remembered a truly kind man, who will be missed by many.
(Click on it to enlarge for a closer look.)
Us girls concluded that he was a
pretty hot lookin' drummer in his time!
Debb rememberd how David was an excellent
cook and how he introduced her and
her husband Bob years ago.
Howard and Carmen talk. Howard was in a band with Dave called Strawberry Jam in the late 80's and early 90's in Eugene, and remained friends ever since.
Carmen read the letter that Teri emailed me. Carmen (Porter) and Teri both went to school with David and Tommy. Thank you, Teri, for sending it. Here is the letter:
“My name is Teri and I live in Springfield. I've known Dave and his family since I was a small girl. Went to school with both David and Tommy Rodakowski. Made money every summer with my brother and sister at the Rodakowski farm, picking beans! That's where all of us became really good friends.
I always admired David as a musician/drummer. He knew this and when I became a drummer, he stopped by my house, and handed me a gift! I unwrapped the "coolest" gift ever! It was a "model" mini-drum set. Like an airplane model you would put together.(I still have it!)
I had to tell you all this because it was one of the most memorable moments in my life! At that time David was a pretty "big deal" in this area, and for him to do this for me, proved to me what a kind, generous guy he really was!
I never told him how much that one little gift meant to me, so... thank you David.
All the friends you made here in the Eugene/ Springfield area and myself are so sad you are gone. We loved you David! May you rest in peace my friend."
Miss Teri Craddock/Carter
had a bad word to say about anybody,
even those who were doing him wrong.
I'm sorry that I didn't get everybody's names for the pictures. If you know names that I don't, please leave a comment and I will add them. Thank you to Debb Raver, and the people at Vic's who worked so hard to make this happen, including Mike, Tammie and Gary.
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