Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bad reading

Via the VTLA list serv, I read this obituary of a Virginia lawyer of about my own age, from the class behind me at William & Mary:

WILLIAMSBURG - Kenneth Leon Roberts of Williamsburg, Va., died Sunday, July 16, 2006, after a sudden illness in Madrid, Spain. Ken is survived by his wife, Patricia (Erikson); his children, William (9) and Megan (6); his parents, John and Helene of Owosso, Mich.; his siblings, Stephen (Susan) of Bloomfield, Mich., Anne Masters (Michael) of Charlotte, N.C., John (Gina) of Denver, Colo., and Jo Ellen Hrcka (D.J.) of Owosso, Mich.; grandmother, Patricia Erikson; father-in-law, James Erikson; mother-in-law, Susan Lynch; sister-in-law, Dawn Erikson Amor; brother-in-law, David Amor; and 13 nieces and nephews. He was also deeply loved by many additional aunts and uncles and cousins. Ken was born in Parma, Ohio, on July 1, 1965, and moved with his family from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, to Owosso, Mich., in 1974. He attended St. Paul's Catholic School and graduated from Owosso High School in 1983. Ken attended Western Michigan University's Honors Program and graduated in 1987. That fall he began law school at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where he met Patricia during his third year. Ken received his law degree in 1990 and soon after started his own successful law practice. He and Patricia were married in 1993. Ken was a gift to all who knew and loved him. He was a passionate, devoted husband and Patty's best friend. He was an extraordinary father who loved to play with and nurture Billy and Megan. He was so very proud and thankful for the blessings of his children. His exceptional compassion, immeasurable generosity, and concern for and kindness to others was inspirational. He loved life and always said he enjoyed living large. Ken had a kind word and helping hand for everyone he met, was an attentive listener and always had the ability to make people laugh.

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