My friend, Wells Sommer, died this past Saturday, September 5. He passed quietly in his sleep.
Wells was a very frequent opinion contributor to the Grainger Today. His opinions were, I'm sure, both praised and cursed. He was not one who subscribed to political correctness and openly spoke his mind.
He was thankful when the editors at GT kept him out of trouble. His writing style was quirky, choppy and sometimes hard to follow, but he spoke from the heart. He was a Christian first and foremost, and an American patriot to the end.
He loved his country and wasn't afraid to say so. He did not like the direction he saw his country going and did his best to educate people of the values on which this country was founded. He was a fighter pilot in his younger days, and although he never saw combat, was proud of his service to his country.
For the last four years of his life, he was battling cancer. That cancer had responded fairly well to treatment and appeared mostly under control. About three weeks ago he was diagnosed with a different cancer, this one untreatable, and was told he had three to six months to live. That prognosis proved overly optimistic.
Through it all his attitude and spirit were exceptional. He was at peace with his situation, always saying that he had had a good, long run and had been richly blessed with a wonderful wife, family and friends.
He was a man of honor, integrity and faith, values sorely lacking in America today. God bless you, Wells. I have been honored to have been your friend.
Richard Silvano Sr.
Valatie, New York
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