CALEDONIA – It takes a certain kind of person to make a small town a community. It takes people like Don Pullyblank.
Losing Mr. Pullyblank yesterday is a terrible blow for his family and friends. But it goes beyond that. Our town lost one of the solid granite blocks that a community is built on.
Need a Little League coach? Pully is your guy. You say that the founder and leader of your town marching band passed away in a tragic accident, and you need someone to step in and keep it running so we don’t lose one of the coolest things we have? Better talk to Pully about that.
Cleaning up Spring Creek every year? Pully. An outlet burned out in your mom’s house? Pully will fix it. Volunteers for the fair? Pully is always at the top of the list.
He lived an amazing life, and together with his wonderful wife Vonnie they raised a big, successful and loving family. And it was all based upon the simplest of principles. Work hard, be kind, do for others, and make yourself available when there’s work to be done for the benefit of the community.
I am incredibly fortunate to have gotten a chance to know him and be his friend. Even more so because he loaned me his son Mark to serve as the big brother I never had. Without that gift, I wouldn’t be around to irritate you all with my inane rambling.
Rest in peace, Pully. It didn’t matter what it was, you got it done. That’s a pretty good description of what it means to be a good man.