In Loving Memory of A.R. Fleming.

A.R. Fleming, USMC, VietNam, better known by his VA family as, has passed away.  I don’t know the details of his death, just that he passed.  Visitation was today.

He was an all around great guy.  He knew how to make people listen to him, and as my friend Gary said, he even saved lives by imparting his wisdom through his own recovery.

He was a jovial, optimistic guy who never had anything bad to say about anybody.  He adored his family, especially his children and grandchildren.  For a long time, he talked about going to California to visit his daughter.  I am glad to report that he did make it to California.  Every day above ground is a good day, he would say.

How did he impact my life?

He was my Pachuco.  We often talked and laughed and sometimes even danced.  He encouraged me to write, and to do so often.  He also encouraged me to keep coding, but more than anything, to write, and in great part, Recovery Voice was born because of his supporting my writing.  He greatly encouraged me to share my recovery story, too.  If you’re reading this, it is in great part because of his encouraging me to write.  Chief, he would call me, his editor-in-chief.

He will be sorely missed by his family and his VA family.  He looked so peaceful, like he was sleeping, like he was going to spring out and start dancing or hooting and hollering.

He used to say that every day above ground is a good one.  I think I understand now why, because his absence will be felt by the many whose lives he touched.  However, Heaven has gained another soul, and it is a happy day in Heaven, because my Pachuco has arrived in his pink Cadillac, nonetheless.