Pravda was my very dear friend for a very long time. Since 1953, he was my very dear friend.
I were to relate to you but a small fraction of the great memories I have of
times spent with Joel, you would all be here much longer than you want to. But most of you have your own fond memories of him.
I do want to say at least one thing that most of you already know that my
friend, Joel, was truly one-of-a-kind. I
live in Las Vegas, but I am
a gambling man. Nevertheless, I
would bet that there is not one, single person in this room who has ever met
anyone quite like Joel.
I am certain his family will testify, and I am also sure that many of you also
know, Joel was a proud and loving father, husband, son and brother and he
was a wonderful friend. Before he
got ill a couple of years ago, Joel had a
d vive and a sense of humor that was unmatched by anyone on this
planet. He made people laugh.
not everyone loved Joel. If Joel
didnt like you or something about you he would surely tell you
and tell you like it is. Some
people dont like that. But
Joel didnt care what anybody thought about him. He cared only about what he thought was right.
the other hand, the people that did love him and I know there are many,
many who did, besides his family and the others here in this room those
loved him. I know I loved him
for over 45 years. And I will
surely miss him for the rest of my life but I will miss him especially at
our 40-year high school reunion scheduled for next year.
lets let Joel teach us (all of us) a lesson today to make sure we go to
all the high school reunions, all the weddings, and all the other happy
occasions that can be shared with the people we love, no matter how far we
have to travel. You never know
who will be gone for the next one.
for giving me the chance to express my feelings today about my fallen friend
as we join his loving and devoted wife, Vivien, and their two fine young sons,
Craig and Todd, and say goodbye to Joel for the last time.
Goodbye, old friend. May God rest