15 July 2014
He was laughing so hard he started to cry.
It’s something Paul Bergeron of Lake Monticello, Virginia, had been known to do all his life, but something he hadn’t done much of lately, as the final stages of melanoma – which he had battled valiantly for 14 years – had finally taken the upper hand.
It came while telling stories with Angela, his beloved wife of 52 years, and their four grown children – Karen, Paul III, Robert and Thomas – at his side.
That’s when Paul’s family – and Paul himself – realized he was ready. Paul died just a few weeks later in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 75.
But oh how he enjoyed each and every one of those years.
Family was so important to Paul.
When he was just a teenager, his own father died, leaving him to care for his ailing mother in a small apartment in Langley Park, MD, while earning a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at The George Washington University. He eventually held a pharmacy license in eight states.
His mother passed a few years later, just as Paul and Angie were starting a family that would grow from their first child in 1963 to their fourth in 1968.
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