For Maurice “Maury” Clark Childs                                                                                                                                                                   July 20th, 2002

 

Mourn his passing, honor his memory, and celebrate his legacy.

 

Maurice Clark Childs; more than being a great man, he was a man who could show us greatness. He was not a man defined by what he did or what he had. Maury was known by who he was. The words, dear friend, great man, mentor, and teacher were the ones I heard most often when people spoke to me about him.

 

What defined my dad for me was what I learned by watching him. He had a sign that he had placed in plane view in his office at home. It read:

“I complained because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”

He honestly approached every major obstacle in his life that way. He was always giving thanks for the day “the good Lord” had given him.

 

His strength was making those around him feel they were important. Relationships were more important than treasure for him. His treasure came from those relationships. His zeal for life was contagious. Those who knew him caught it and returned it to him. I believe that was what enabled him to endure the hardships and struggles he went through in his last years. He was sustained by the love and support of those whom he touched in the depth of their hearts.

 

No one really understands just how a father knows exactly what a boy will need to guide him as he grows. When he needs some company or just time alone, when he needs to venture forth completely on his own. No one really understands the way a father can exactly what it takes to turn a boy into a man. As the years went by and I saw more of the world, I realized how much I learned from him and how lucky I am to have had him for my Dad.

 

Perhaps the greatest legacy he left for our family is the one seated before me now. The people he loved, showing my mother, my sister, and myself, the love they have for Maury. The outpouring of sympathy has been edifying for me. I have never been more proud of my Dad.

 

It is fitting that on this day, 33 years to the day after man’s first landing on the moon, we bury a man whose motto was “Look always to the Sky”. Ranked among noted contributors to the science of the cosmos, Maury finds himself listed between the first American in space, John Glenn, and one of the first men to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin in a professional astronomy outreach network.

 

Mourn his passing, honor his memory, and celebrate his legacy.