Last night "Papa John" Mooers left this earth... 91 years of a life well lived
While I had only known him these last 5 weeks, it still makes me really sad to type this out now. He was such a cool old man, and a real pleasure to be around; even with his health conditions and advanced age, he was a stubborn, loving, funny guy. He really took a liking to Wyatt, and pretty quickly I was bringing the baby every shift. "He's a good guy" John would say. The two of them seemed to have a genuine connection. John very quickly took a downward turn on my shift Sunday evening- I was scared, and unsure of what I needed to do for/with him. We struggled thru the night and Wyatt never made a peep! He seemed to know this was the night he needed to sleep thru. I set him in his bouncy chair in the background, and John asked about him more than once- but Wy just slept on... never waking despite the chaos. One of the last lucid moments I had with John was after Cindi arrived in the morning. She held Wyatt up- he flashed Papa John a few big smiles, and Papa John smiled back!
My heart breaks for his wife of 68 years (although she reminds me they have been together 72 years!!!) Arlene. I know at 86 that this is devastating for her, she will continue to play a role in our lives for the remainder of hers. While I know Wyatt won't remember him, John has taught me some valuable lessons about love, and life... and about the death process. His memorial will likely be Monday~ Wyatt and I will be in attendance for sure!
Rest In Peace Papa John
these pictures were taken Sunday just before his heart/lungs began their final failures... 24 hours later he would be incapacitated by the process... it was that sudden...