Mosley, Jr., Elmer

May 01, 2007

On the morning of February 2nd, 2007, ELMER MOSLEY, JR., of Havre de Grace, Maryland died a very "wealthy" man. True wealth is never fairly measured by the amount of money and material possessions one accumulates in their lifetime. No, wealth is measured by focusing on three factors: family; the quality of one's friendships; most importantly, the good deeds that one has done in their lifetime. Using that standard of measurement Elmer Mosley Jr. was a billionaire. Elmer Mosley's "rags to riches" story began January 25, 1935 in Milford, Delaware when he was born to the late Elmer Mosley Sr. and Hazel Carney. Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard's Almanac: "A Father's a Treasure; a Brother's a Comfort; a Friend is both. Those twelve words describe precisely how Elmer Mosley touched the lives of those closest to him. He leaves behind three children, Mark, Richard, and Carol, an investment created with the late Delores Williams. He had a very close, loving bond with his older sibling, Gloria Hart. He had a respectful relationship with his half-brother, Butch Mosley. He was a loving grandfather, known as "Pop Pop", to Theresa Lemon, Heather, and Shannon Sessomes. He was a loving great grandfather to Theresa's son, Ra. He was a supportive father figure and mentor to his son-in-law Marius Sessomes, his dear friend Richard Moore and numerous other acquaintances and relatives. In his retirement years he enjoyed a close bond with his dear friend Anna Brandon. After a distinguished, twenty-five year career in the military, he retired and continued to serve the public for over 20 years as an acute psychiatric aide at the Perry Point VA Hospital. His work at Perry Point enabled him to serve as a caregiver and at the same time continue to serve his country by making the beneficiary of his compassionate service those that also served our country in the military. During his retirement from Perry Point, he enjoyed sports, music, spending time with his family, rescuing abandoned cats, and heated political debates. Whatever the topic, Elmer entered the debate prepared, knowledgeable and with a well-formed opinion. The same courage of conviction he exhibited during a heated debate was evident in his spirited battle with his illnesses. He rarely complained and fought with a vengeance to live as long as possible. Fittingly, Elmer Mosley's internment took place on April the 5th at The Arlington National Military Cemetery. A special memorial was also held by Elmer's colleagues April 18th on the grounds of Perry Point VA Hospital. While he certainly will be missed, those who loved him and hold a special place for him in their hearts and minds will never forget him. "Pop Pop" Mosley always knew what was necessary to be really "wealthy" in this life; live a life of love, caring and good deeds so that you make a lasting impression on everyone you encounter. Consider what is written in Ecclesiasticus 6:14: "A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter. He that has found one has found a treasure." May Elmer Mosley rest in peace for eternity, for he has been a true treasure to all that have had the honor of knowing him.

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