El Sid

About a month ago I received a call on my cell phone from a number I did not recognize. It was Sid Michaels Kavulich.
“How do I get in on this roast?” he asked.
Sid, whom I’ve known for several years, said he got my number from my niece, Paulette Kern. Paulette is Sid’s dental hygienist in the office of Dr. Michael Bone. She’s my hygienist, too.
She told Sid about the Paint Pittston Pink Rockin’ Roast planned for this past Sept. 22 at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. I was one of the folks being roasted at the event designed to raise donations for cancer research. I had asked Paulette to be one of my roasters.
When Sid, a Pennsylvania State Representative, heard State Senator John Yudichak was also being roasted, he wanted to be part of the program. He asked if I could make arrangements for him to be a “surprise roaster” for the senator. I told him it was a no-brainer, not to mention a great idea.
Sid wound up stealing show. He was flat out fantastic.
Afterwards, I sent him a text telling him if he ever wanted to get out of public service, he surely could make it as a stand-up comic. He thanked me for the opportunity and, as always, said if ever he could do anything for me to “just ask.”
Sid’s performance at the Kirby may well have been his last appearance in public. He entered the hospital a few days later to undergo a heart procedure and never came out. He died Oct. 16, a little more than three weeks later.
Sid was a lovable person. Honest, sincere, accessible and deeply spiritual, he was dedicated to the people he served. One newspaper account referred to him as “guileless.” That he was.
In a text exchange on the day he died, State Rep. Michael Carroll called Sid “a perfect friend.”
Is there any higher compliment?

Ed Ackerman