Bud Sears’ wife had been ill for a long time before she died in 2013. He had been at her side the whole time. And then his wife of 54 years was gone.
“After she passed, there was just a void,” said Sears, who was retired after a career as a supervisor of division engineering at Allegheny Energy. He was looking for something to fill that void. A friend at church one Sunday said a local hospital was looking for volunteers to rock babies.
“I said, ‘Rock babies? Really? Isn’t that something.’”
It was, indeed, something. And it has been something the 82-year-old Charleston native has done ever since at Thomas Memorial Hospital, in South Charleston.