It is an honor for me to speak in front of you all today. Lookingaround this sanctuary, everyone can feel the tremendous loveand admiration we all had for Eddie. He fought like a champion butultimately faced an unwinnable battle which is so difficult to takeand understand. But his fight, courage and gracious attitude willnever be forgotten. Thank every one of you for being here to saygoodbye and cherish the memory of a fantastic, humble and, most ofall, sweet son, brother, friend, husband and father.I assume some of you here had a similar experience in that I owe myrelatively newfound obsession with Bruce Springsteen 100% to Eddie.It will be impossible to listen to another song by The Boss withoutthinking of Eddieand our conversations about the music. A few years ago, not longafter his diagnosis, Eddie was the guest DJ on the Sirius radiochannel of Springsteen called E Street Radio. Along with an amazingtribute to the love of his life by playing Two Hearts, Eddie displayeda unique message by playing Countin on a Miracle." Im Countin on a Miracle,Baby I'm Countin on a Miracle,Darlin I'm Countin on aMiracle,To Come Through" says the song.As Eddie was, I am an eternaloptimist and expected that miracle up until the bitter end. I won'ttry to understand why our prayers were not answered, but I will always cherish his memorythrough the things in life that Eddie taught me. The value of Springsteen's lyrics being one.More important than that, he taught me how to try to understand peopleand their feelings a little better. In particular, I will neverforget a 20-30 minute discussion we had in my car in Fort Worth, TXwhere he helped me understand the need to better think through certainpeople's personalities. Work with who they are to understand them,and through that we can all have a little less drama and more peace inour lives and relationships.Eddie displayed who he was by simply smiling. That smile. Thatsimple sweet, beautiful smile. It showed his grace in life and hissteadfast belief in putting others first. He smiled to make othershappy since it was one of those special smiles which had the abilityto do just that. He was a beautiful man with the heart of gold, hisgoal only to do all he could to make othershappy. We have a new poster boy for the saying, only the good dieyoung.Lorin, your courage, stoicism and strength over the past seven yearsis beyond words. I am so proud. And so thankful Eddie had you by hisside throughout the entire battle. You are truly something else.Dylan and Matthew, the past nine and seven years you had with yourfather were so meaningful. He loved you so much and will alwayslook after you, guiding you in the path of life. Cherish hismemories you shared and always remember how fortunate you are to havehad the Father in Eddie Michaels. I love you.In closing, I was lucky to have had the ten years i had Eddie Michaels in my life. I will always hold tight to that fact. The memories we all have with him should be told and retold in the hopes that more of us can be like Eddie Michaels. He was one of the few who led by example without the need for a loud voice. I will always rememberthat and carry it with me throughout my life. Lead by example, not through words.Eddie, you left us too soon. Way too soon. As you will from theheavens above, we will look after your family and all carry you withus the rest of our days and nights. We will forever cherish yourmemory. And we will miss you. As my Grandfather always told me,"Tsi Gesunt Eddie, until we meet again".