About a year ago, I shared the personal story of my Dad, who taught me about giving through the care, maintenance and replacement of a heavy-duty ladder shared by my family with others in my neighborhood — The Ladder: Quiet, Consistent Generosity, Gettysburg Times, 7/22/2020. In that column I explained how I came to learn that giving is not necessarily innate, but rather a learned behavior that relies on one generation teaching and inspiring the next.

Sadly, my father, Vincent Anthony Serpe, died a few months ago. COVID’s scourge separated him from my Mom, our family and his life well-lived. At 90, he was still adding things to his lengthy “things to do before I die” bucket-list and checking them off one by one. Unfortunately, number three on his list, “attend one more Shirley Bassey concert,” was not to be.

Ralph Serpe is president and chief executive officer of the Adams County Community Foundation.

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