Remembering Larry | Kingston ON’s Most Compassionate Appliance Technician

Remembering Larry | Kingston ON’s Most Compassionate Appliance  Technician

Our dear friend Larry hasn’t been with us for several years now. He passed away in December of 2017, after several decades of serving the community of Kingston Ontario with appliance repair services. I’ve found myself thinking about him more often as time goes by, mainly because he taught me so much of what I know about fixing appliances. More importantly, he taught me a saintly virtue which I will get to in a moment here. Before I plan a trip to visit his tombstone with some dear friends who also knew him, I wanted to make this memorial post in his honor.

Larry was a good man and I know he’s in Heaven now. But, I miss him. More than ever I wish he was still here, because I feel there is still some things he could teach me at this point in my life. I always looked up to Larry. Not only was his skill as an appliance repairman out of this world, but his character and personality was a great example of what a good Catholic should be. Today, in remembering this great man, I want to cover one of the saintly virtues he had that I still struggle with. Whenever I think of this virtue, I think of Larry.

What was Larry’s best virtue? The answer: compassion.

I like to think of myself as virtuous, but remembering Larry always reminds me there’s always more room for compassion in the world. With all the political divides and religious opinions that fracture the world apart, I find it hard to feel compassion towards certain people sometimes. I won’t say who, but there’s certain groups of people I strongly disagree with when it comes to politics and they drive me crazy sometimes. When I get too worked up, remembering Larry always helps.

Larry’s compassion was unbelievably sound. He cared for everyone no matter if they were liberal or conservative. He loved all people, the way Saint Francis did. He was a true example of a holy man, and in my mind he is a saint. I remember when the appliance repair company he worked for went out of business, and he had to find work elsewhere. The company’s owners screwed him out of a pension and most people would’ve exploded from rage but not Larry. He stayed cool and knew it was part of God’s plan. Not only that, he showed his old boss compassion and continued to be kind to him whenever he got the chance. That blew me away to see.

Then, much later in life, Larry began work with a newer company at soon before cancer crept up on him. Even while working with a team of youngsters and dealing with cancer, Larry kept a warm heart and showed the world compassion. I’ll never forget the peace in his eyes when I visited him on his deathbed. He was only working for this new company for a few months before the doctors said he didn’t have much time left. I spent his last day sitting by his side, as did most of his friends and family.

Larry was dearly loved and still is. In fact, I think it’s not wrong to say he’s even more loved now than he was when he was alive, because there’s something about looking back in time that allows you to be grateful for all the little things you took for granted.

So RIP, Larry. You’re legacy lives on in all our hearts!

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God bless!

Virus Crisis Hoarding Temptations Cured by Saint Francis of Assisi

Virus Crisis Hoarding Temptations Cured by Saint Francis of Assisi

I will not speak the name of the virus that is causing so much trouble around the world this month of March, 2020. Speaking it’s name gives it power. That’s the power of names, and the name Francis of Assisi has a lot of power for me. Before I make this a religious squabble, realize that I am speaking metaphorically. But I do believe hoarding is a temptation that is unnecessary. Say that even if all grocery stores shut down at once in your city, your hoard, however great it is, isn’t going to last forever! For me, Saint Francis is the patron saint of moderation and he is the perfect saint to pray to if you have temptations to hoard. If you don’t have temptations, then the best you can do is share this message with people you know who do. And for all of us I say this because CNN has articles about people hoarding toilet paper.

I bore witness to the hoarding that’s going on around the world when I went to my local grocery store yesterday. We were limited to only being aloud to buy one bag of toilet paper. All the chicken and pasta was out of stock, so was all the bread! I bet people are stuffing the bread in their freezers, planning to eat it all at once if electricity goes out. It was kind of comedic for me because I was only buying what I needed for the day, knowing the Lord would watch over me if I was in want of food.

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But that’s just the crust of my message. My real message is that praying to Saint Francis, I testify, works as a cure for temptations to hoard. I know this because it happened to me. Let me explain my story.

You may not know this but I’ve been in Calgary for a week helping out a friend who owns a business here. While I’m here, I take on a few jobs that my friend’s technician is too busy to do because I might as well if I have the time. So yesterday I was at a client’s house fixing a fridge. I was talking to the client while working. We were talking about how I was going to help my friend’s Calgary appliance repair business by connecting him with an accountant I knew well in the city. It turned out the accountant didn’t have the time for a new client so together we work every night getting files sorted ourselves. “Soon he won’t need my help anymore and I’ll go home,” is what I said to the client. Then, of course, we started talking about that virus whose name I will not mention.

The conversation didn’t go on for much longer before I realized she was hoarding and I began to talk about Saint Francis. She listened to me well, but kindly said she was an atheist with no offence given. But with that said she did like my message behind why hoarding isn’t necessary during this time of crisis. She realized that her hoard was for ever cursed of being limited, and that instead of worrying and hoarding she should be enjoying her life and being grateful for the beauty of nature, as Saint Francis was.

The client may not have prayed, but my message was a cure for her nonetheless. She agreed to stop hoarding, knowing that her children had already been greatly worried by her behavior. For me, I did pray and my temptations were cured too. I’m grateful to have the wisdom I need to stay calm during a crisis, and for me Saint Francis has a lot to do with that. If you don’t know why I think Saint Francis is the patron saint of moderation then read the post I wrote last Wednesday. Therein, I explain why briefly, but I’ll explain further in the future.

From the words above I hope the message is clear of why hoarding isn’t necessary during this pandemic. If you are suffering from temptations to hoard, please pray to Saint Francis. For many it might seem silly and I’m smart enough to understand why others might even laugh while they do it, but there’s a kind mercy out there in the universe and I bet that by the act of doing this you will also acknowledge the fact that you have a problem, and that’s the first step to stopping. See through the illusion. All that you need will be supplied to you. There’s no need to worry. If you have faith your foot will not catch and slip. Know that you live in a world of abundant nature, and hoarding is unnecessary!

What if St Francis was an Appliance Repair Technician Today?

What if St Francis was an Appliance Repair Technician Today?

As believers of the faith, “what if” questions can be dangerous. But we think this one is a good one to ask because it strengthens our faith: “What if Saint Francis of Assisi was alive today and worked as an appliance repair technician?”

As imitators of Christ, saints are who they are because they’re known for their righteous deeds and performance of miracles. Many traveled around the Mediterranean world in Late Antiquity expelling demons from the possessed and preaching the Word. Saint Francis, however, is a medieval saint from Italy and wasn’t known to perform that many miracles but rather performed poetry and traveled as an itinerary friar. He made great leaps and bounds in converting people to Christianity as he traveled but more importantly he converted sinful Christians to live a more moderate lifestyle, and many rich and powerful merchants took upon the cord around their waist after being inspired by Francis’ special way of life. Because of his preaching of moderation, he really was the ultimate imitator of Christ, content with little and relying on the benefaction of those he visited for shelter and food.

So if an appliance technician today lived like Saint Francis we might expect him to, rather than repair lavish, modern appliances, preach of how one should be content without such luxuries. “One should, in order to store your treasures in heaven, avoid earthly materials and be content with washing your dishes and drying your clothes by hand,” is what he might say.

This is supposed to sound rhetorical because we believe it’s the truth, and as automotive experts who delve in appliance repair we understand how we could be doing things differently to change the world. But, unlike Christ, appliance technicians can’t be expected to rely on their customers for shelter and food as we travel around fixing appliances with miracles.

We stick to our answer to this question despite our ongoing sins and praise St. Francis for his gift to us in helping us see the errors in our ways. Whenever we can, we strive to include his teachings in our services, being humble and content with providing our appliance repair and mechanic services for as little cost as possible.

Thank you for reading!