What was the happiest moment of your life?
The day I got married – June 3, 1967. I’d gone 40 years and I had been afraid of girls (chuckle). She (Ethel) was just bubbly, outgoing, and had a wonderful disposition. She was a beautiful person to be around.
Who has been most influential in your life?
Ethel. She had so much confidence. And we never did argue. Whenever something would come up and we had different views, we would sit down, talk it over and work it out.
What advice or quote did you always try to live by?
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
What is one memory from your past you cherish?
Well, the day we got married. I was so thrilled I was getting a real lady. We just had a ball together.
Any regrets or advice you’d give to a younger you?
I was pretty quiet early on in life. I wasn’t very good at carrying on a conversation. I wasn’t comfortable, probably because we lived out in the country and there weren’t many kids to play with and get to know. I would encourage myself to be more confident at a younger age.
Anything else you wish to share?
Ethel died three years ago. Alon continues to be deeply devoted in his love for her. At the age of 93, he has been completely independent (driving, mowing the grass…all the things) until early June when he had a brain bleed and has now moved to an Assisted Living community. It has been a big transition, and during most interesting times for our country. His answers were relatively short, as we were an hour into a window visit and his energy was starting to wane. As you can see, when asked to recall any memories, his stories revolve around his beloved Ethel. What a gentle and loving spirit this man is! I am so grateful I married into this family…he is my father-in-law.