After my grandmother had been beset by a series of strokes dementia was starting to set in. The family thought she was becoming incoherent. I had my doubts. I took her to lunch one day and after we got in the car and left the house she looked at me and with 100% lucidity she said: “It’s terrible when you have to bury a child.”
At that time my mother and my oldest uncle Ron had passed. It was then I knew she wasn’t as far gone as everybody thought she was.
I have no use for Joe Biden. Never have,never will. He’s a foul-mouthed buffoon who has lived on a government check his whole adult life. But my heart and prayers go out to the Biden family on the loss of their son, Beau. He succumbed to brain cancer last night at age 46. I have a beautiful daughter who is 40. If anything were to happen to her or any of my children I would be devastated. It leaves an unfillable hole in your soul. It is said that time can heal a broken heart but the scars never go away. Ever. Partisanship aside for now, I want to add my tiny voice to those offering condolences to the vice president on the loss of his beloved son.
Joe Biden’s son Beau dies aged 46 after battle with brain cancer: Vice President mourns ‘the finest man any of us have ever known’ in second tragedy of his life after wife and daughter died in 1973
Death of Vice President’s son announced by family 9:45pm Saturday
Beau Biden served in Iraq and later became Delaware’s Attorney General
Biden family statement called Beau ‘finest man any of us have ever known’
Joe Biden released a statement at 9.45pm on Saturday, announcing the death of his son. Here is the statement in full:
‘It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.
‘The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us – especially throrugh his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.
‘Beau’s life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo.
‘A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.
‘More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother.
‘His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.
‘In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.’