What a sad sad day this has been. I woke up to a text that told me he had passed overnight. My heart instantly ached. Not so much that he had passed, but that he never made it to the Hall of Fame, that he never saw his Cubs win the World Series, and he never saw the cure found for Juvenile Diabetes, all of which he got so close to have happen.
I listened to Pat and Ron almost every game, as it was so much more accessible to me when i was at work than TV. He was a part of many Cub fan's daily routines for close to 200 days a year, when you add Spring Training. And after listening to the all day long tributes on WGN, I realized I wasn't the only one who felt as if I had lost a member of my own family. If you get a chance, go to http://www.wgnradio.com
and listen to all of the many tributes to Ron. Girardi, Gracey, Pat, Len, Bob, and many many other guests. There is also a video of many fans who gathered outside WGN radio studios and at 2:10 this afternoon, they did a group "Heel Click" in honor of Ron.
Also should be noted that the visitation will be open to the public, Thursday at 4pm at the HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL 735 N STATE STREET. Funeral will be Friday morning at 10am, with limited public seating, but will be carried on WGN radio, WGN TV (I'm not sure if just Chicago area, or WGN America), and wgnradio.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Illinois chapter at the below address, by visiting www.jdrfillinois.org
and clicking on "Donate Now" or by calling 312-670-0313.
JDRF Illinois Chapter
11 S. LaSalle Street
There is a suggestion out there to donate $10 in honor of $10.