Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"I'll Fly Away"

I googled my dad's name just for fun the other night and found this nice little article about him from one of the nursing homes he ministered at for so many years.

WHISPERS..."I'll Fly Away"
By Rev Daisy Henderson, Activities Aide

The scars of Alfred Plotzker's passing will be a long time healing, but they will heal. Al had graced the Maplewood Nursing Home with his Gospel and Song Ministry for 28 years. Through rain, sleet, snow, crutches, or a broken thumb, he was a true warrior.

Knowing every resident by name, Al always greeted each and every resident with a smile. He always inquired as to the residents not in attendance with a witty remark, "Maybe they don't like my singing."

Plotzker's Gospel and Song Ministry took us to a place of joy, peace and happiness as he entertained us by playing his guitar and harmonica. At the end of every service as Al would shake every resident's hand one by one, he would give comforting words.

The Terrace Room will always ring with those last words shouted each week as a final request, "Number 24!" (Number 24 was the hymn "I'll Fly Away") Al has now flown home, to a place where his joy shall never end.


Martha said...

Beautiful words. Thank you so much for sharing. It's comforting to hear others reflect on his life and miss him too.

I almost asked Nate to sing "I'll Fly Away" at the Atria last night but picked "Life's Railway to Heaven" instead. I was afraid "I'll Fly Away" would make me cry.

Rachel said...

I was comforted by it too, Marty.

Priscilla said...

I googled Dad's name a couple of months ago and read this same thing.

Bethany said...

Thanks for posting this. :)