On Monday family and friends will gather at Jay Chapel to say goodbye to civic leader Dick Dal Cerro. The list of contributions he made to help improve his hometown is long, and his service very distinguished. Others will speak of his accomplishment and contributions to the LAFCO board and the Grand Jury among them.
His son, Jeff, and I were playmates. Neither of us can remember a time in our lives when we didn’t know each other. I couldn’t love these people more if they were blood relatives.
Uncle Dick and Aunt Mary, as I always called them, were my parents’ closest friends. I use to love to go to Western Grain and Milling, the feed store, with my dad. That’s where Uncle Dick worked. He would always slip me pennies for the gum ball machine.
I can still smell the hay, oats and corn, mixed with the Old Spice Uncle Dick wore and the Mennen Skin Bracer that was my dad’s aftershave...