A long and good life

September 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

Most things in Columbus, Ohio are old. The majority of it’s homes and buildings are 100 years old or more. We have one of the largest Universities in America building new buildings and trying their best to be innovative.  But the students… well, it should be obvious that they don’t contribute too much to the City’s economy.

College students have invaded the neighborhoods over the years, however, there was a couple who stayed in their home over 50 years, even when college students surrounded them. They were here, working in factories that have now been rennovated and are now office spaces. They were here, before cell phones, computers, and even televisions. They were here, when they were just a young couple getting started. They owned their Duplex home and since we’ve been married, have rented the other side to us.

They are Mr & Mrs Fenton. AKA our landlords. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on September 1st, and Mr Fenton celebrated his 94th birthday on September 3rd. On September 12, 2010, Mr Clarence Gene Fenton passed away.

We miss him and we know that his precious survivor and wife misses him more. But, we all know that he lived a long and good life. There is much more to say about him, but unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know him better.

A candid shot only a week before his death.


§ 2 Responses to A long and good life

  • Philip says:


    the art of simplicity – we young folks don’t get it.

    he seems like he was a good neighbor, and a good husband.

  • Esm says:

    I had no idea that Mr. Fenton had died. Wow. I know no one is guaranteed to live that long and maybe people don’t even want to anymore, at least in their youth . . . still, a part of me desires the basics of what I observed. Being married and living with the woman I love for such a long time while still holding fast to our love for our Lord. That would be amazing. I’m comforted by the thought that I know he’s in a better place.

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