I wish I would have found this earlier. My birthday is today, Aug 28. Tom Crede died today, on my birthday. Just before 10pm. He was more than a friend of the family, we'd adopted him into our family out of friendship and we consider him family. He was one of the greatest men who I've ever known in my life, and one of the greatest men in the image of Christ.
What can I say about Tome Crede? In all the times I knew him, I never heard him say a bad thing about anybody. There are so many things about this truly good man! When I moved here, I was 8 years old. I met Tom Crede about that time. He was a quiet man, very little hair and had a strange lanky way of walking. He looked to me like one of those old wise men you read about in books. And Tom Crede was all that and more. Tom was a man who studied the history of the railroads around here. He was a QRP Master (ham radio) and there are only 3 of those in North America. He studied everything that interested him, and he got me interested in a lot of things. He'd introduce me to fascinating forms of science and all of the things that encompassed him. The mouse radio that talked when you changed stations, the perpetual motion machine, the horseblanket dollar. One day he said, "Have you ever seen a horseblanket?" And I said no. He let me think about it for awhile. Then he gave me this old dollar from the turn of the century, really old. I think... all of the things he gave me... surrounding me... we've had to build a new room on for them.
Tom Crede was a master of woodworking. He made the berry baskets that I make, and he got me interested in making them. But I could never make them as good as Tom Crede. When Tom Crede made a cut on the saw, it was flawless and undetectable. He made HUNDRED AND HUNDREDS of berry baskets and he GAVE THEM ALL AWAY. He'd donate them to the church picnic, and if they didn't sell... he'd but them back! He did so much for so many people. And he was hurt by a lot of people that didn't appreciate him. But he continued doing things for people.