I am writing to express my sadness at the recent death of public servant Harold Gass. Harold's public service involvement over the years is too long to list but I would like to highlight just one. For over a decade, Harold had come to my office every year to collect donations for the Shriners Hospital to provide free medical care for children experiencing serious health problems. He became such a well known and well respected fixture at my office during his annual visits that my staff knew enough to cut him a check even if I wasn't around.
He always expressed understandable pride about the work that the hospital was doing in helping nurture children. Harold was well past 75 and showed no inclination to retire from this worthy cause. My prayer is that the best tribute to Mr. Gass's life be that others will rise up to take his place in being a passionate voice for hurting and helpless children.