I haven’t written for BizCatalyst 360° in quite some time. I just haven’t felt anything on my heart to write about, not to mention that personal family issues have presented themselves in such a way, leaving no time to sit and think.
Early in June, my nephew Bobby Unser, Jr., who lived in Albuquerque passed away unexpectedly – just a few weeks after his father Bobby Unser Sr. had passed. The name “Unser” is synonymous with one of the greatest icons in Formula racing.
My nephew Bobby was just a few years my junior, as was his sister Cindy, my niece. I remember coming to Albuquerque when they were just 8 and 10 to babysit on an occasion that would turn out to be many future trips. The Unser’s were one of the Pike’s Peak icons of names who dominated the racing profession over the years, especially the Formula cars of racing. My nephew became a stunt car driver and consultant for movies and television. I will continue to pray for my nephew as he was always letting me know that he became closer to God over the years as was evident of the many bibles he acquired and wrote in which was discovered after his passing.
I flew to Albuquerque to help my sister Barbara 85, (Bobby and Cindy’s mother) as there was so much to do because of Bobby’s passing. My nephew and I were not the closest; I had more contact with my niece and sister over the years, and although I did interact with my nephew from time to time, I will always remember his love for the Native American Indians, and his daughter Jesse. Bobby Jr., before he died became a grandfather to little Carlee, but never had the chance to see her.
When one life goes, another is born. I came to understand a little more of my nephew and what he loved in life. Racing, collection of many things regarding Native American Indians, and the art of the Native Indians which is so significant here in Albuquerque.
I also came to know the hard work my niece has done over the years as a single mom raising my great-nephew, Colton, never relying on the Unser name for help, but just relying on her own ability to work as everyone works, not because she is an Unser. Having arrived in Albuquerque on June 15th, and the Memorial Service, which is scheduled for the 29th of July, I was asked to speak some words my sister requested to be read in honor of her son.
Smile, Open Your Heart, Love and Go On
You can shed tears because they are gone
You can smile because they lived…
You can close your eyes and pray they will come back
You can open your eyes and see all they left for you…
Your heart can be empty because you cannot see them
You can be full of the love that you shared…
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
You can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday….
You can remember only that they are gone
You can cherish their memory and let it live on…
You can cry and close your mind and feel empty
You can do what they would want and that is …
Smile, Open Your Heart, Love, and Go On …
I will return to my home in Houston and to my husband with a better understanding of the Unser name, as it relates to my nephew, and I know that the name Unser will remain iconic in the world of racing. I’d like to remember my nephew in my own way. When I come back to Albuquerque to see my niece and sister for as long as time permits, there will be many memories and I pray that the soul of my nephew rest in peace.