I just found out that a good friend of mine passed last week. Sadly, I was unaware until Friday evening.
Tony Klappa had been diagnosed with lung cancer about two years ago, and every time that I saw him since that time (which, unfortunately, wasn't very often) he was in great spirits; always talking about his latest good news. I even saw him bowl a couple of times. His wife even kept a blog of the journey, in part to help her cope, but also so that his countless friends could be kept up to date with his progress.
Tony was inducted into the Greater Milwaukee Bowling Association Hall of Fame just last fall, and shortly thereafter, WauwatosaNOW writer Tom Skibosh wrote a piece on him.
Tony, 46, passed on Monday, February 2nd and his funeral was last Friday. I learned of his passing while at bowling, where many of the other bowlers were discussing the services. I will miss Tony, and wish him a quick journey into God's Kingdom.