A Great Man Gone


I write this post to mourn the loss of a great man. Tom Edmondson. He won’t appear in any google searches, and his passing won’t be announced on any TV channels, but he was my grandfather and a great man. I gained him as a grandfather late in my life when my mom married his youngest son, but I am grateful every day that I got to call him and the rest of the Edmondsons my family. They were uniquely different from the family that I had grown up in.

The Dowds are primarily women, 4 sisters, 1 brother, all raised by my grandmother. My generation balanced out a little better with 4 boys and 2 girls, but women ran the family (sorry Dowd men, but you know it’s true). The Edmondsons were primarily men, farmers from Florida, who had lived on their farm so long that the road, once…

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