Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 Written by Gene Marine, Bellefontaine
After he retired, Tom Notestine spent his summers fishing at Lake Erie and his winters enjoying the warmth of Florida. Always, however, his heart was in Logan County, which he claimed is the greatest place in the country to live.
His recent death has created a big void — for his wonderful family and for our city, county and country (Navy during WWII) where during his professional life he was innovative and influential in business and banking and, more importantly, helping hundreds of people in their quests for success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote of success:
To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
As I said, Tom Notestine was a success. A successful person in every way. We shall miss him.