Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The broom man is dead


Several times over the past 5 years or so I have posted about my encounters with Kenneth L. Abbott at 22nd and Washington, near the mid-point of my daily walks. He passed into the company of his Maker on March 11, 2012 at age 89. Last fall he pulled to the curb in his immaculate red truck as I was walking along 22nd street, and we sat together in the cab, solving the problems of the world as we always do. I remember the warm handshake as we parted, and I think both of us wondered if this might be our last meeting. It was.

My walking route buddy

Here are some earlier posts about encounters with Kenneth.

Broom man
Broom man II

I know that his last year was pretty grim for Kenneth. He had some of the health problems that seem to come with the advancing years. But he always managed to get out and around, and I know that his many friends miss his cheerful presence. I know that I do.



4 Responses to “The broom man is dead”
  1. Linda says:

    May he rest in peace! Glad you finally decided to stop and talk, now tell us about someone else on your route! You learned from Larry and I would say he learned from Gene, nice trait to have.

  2. Dave says:

    That I should do. I guess I have a too strongly developed sense of MYOB.

  3. Leslie says:

    And I missed yet another not to be missed article! I Really do need to check in more often. As Linda said, may he rest in peace! It’s often these random encounters that enhances our days. Laura and I have talked about this, having these encounters with a friendly stranger, the kind that stays with us. Your broom man Kenneth was one of the dwindling community of WWII vets. Did he ever talk about his service?

  4. Dave says:

    Better late than never, I guess. Thanks for your comment. Kenneth and I talked mostly about our country’s lamentable current state of affairs, and he didn’t have much to say about his WW II service. He was proud to have done his bit, but he was mostly fearful that the country that he loves is going down the tube. Which it may well be, but that’s the way of the world. Rome flourished for a long time, but eventually declined and disappeared. We should not be surprised if we are following the same trajectory.

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