In Memory

Phil Lopez

Phil Lopez

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08/06/15 04:09 PM #1    

Ron Lull

Philip is the first face that I can remember seeing, even before my mother. We were cousins, brothers, friends...we were also rivals and antagonists. We grew up together, living a block from each other and at times (especially prior to High School) spent every waking moment playing, fishing, fighing and competing! He was tough as nails but really very tender inside. He was a very hard worker and learned to be a great carpenter, picking up many of those skills from our Grandfather on the jobsites of the numerous houses my family built in the Denver area. Philip was one of those people that was good at everything he tried: he was good at sports, a fast and strong runner (finished the Imogene Pass run from Ouray to Telluride), a great fisherman (one of his lifelong passions), a good hunter and had a lovely singing voice! He was quick to laugh or could get in a fight at the drop of a hat! He could smile with a twinkle in his eye and talk you out of your last dollar or make you want to give him the shirt off your back. I dearly loved him and occasionally wanted to kill's just how he we were. Life was tough on Philip, and his last years were not the best, but we stayed in touch as much as we could and I miss him sorely every day. I (with my brother, Kirk and son, Brian) scattered his ashes at his favorite fishing hole on the North Platte along the Colorado/Wyoming border a few years ago...a very rugged place with large trout and difficult access, very hard to find. As I sat there I imagined that the border between the states wasn't an impediment to him catching all the fish he could eat, wherever they could be found...rules and regulations never really hampered Phillips desires. I'm not much of a believer in an Afterlife, but if there is one, I bet he's joking around and poking at somebody, smiling his beguiling smile with that twinkle in his eye and raising a ruckus somewhere. The thought makes me smile....

08/08/15 11:14 AM #2    

Dwain Boaz

Very well said Ron.
I only my kids ew him from 7th grade on. He was what you said and more. If neede, he would give e you the shirt off of his own back. He has been missed by many.

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