I lived with a Jewish family, Bernice and Hyman Coggan in Denver in 1953/54, working for my room and board while I went to business college. Bernice thought enough to write to me this message: I know how strong your dedication to your religion and church is, and so the passing of the Pope is close family and, indeed, he was a member of your family per se. He was a very loving and lovable man, and highly respected by all. I know you must feel a deep sense of loss and so I extend to you my heartfelt sympathy. How hard it is to lose someone we loved. It will, indeed, be most difficult to elect someone to fill Pope John Paul II's shoes, but there will be another to carry on the laws and techings of your beloved church. And, hopefully, he will have the same good humor and friendliness as Pope John Paul II. Much love, Bernice
Mr. Coggan has since died. It meant so much to me to have received this card from my Jewish friend of many years. I had the privilege of seeing Pope John Paul II in Des Moines, Iowa (1979); Rome (1988); and in Denver for World Youth Day (1993).
Many good memories of this GREAT POPE!