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Re: My Dad
« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2010, 09:12:27 am »
I'm so sorry for your loss, Bill.
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Re: My Dad
« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2010, 09:31:49 am »
Oh Bill, aren't you glad you took the time and effort to go to him? You are truly a good son, and your dad knows this. Peace be with you, now, as you go through the motions these next few days. And then go home and give your child a hug.
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« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2010, 10:33:56 am »
Thanks, Bill, for sharing this with us.  Your Dad sounds like a man worth knowing and you sound like a chip off the old block.  You will always be able to look back and thank God for putting you at your Dad's side and for the closeness that you experienced on his last day on earth.
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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2010, 10:52:14 am »
It sounds like your Dad had a good "How-to-be-a-Dad" book.  Keep your eyes open as you go through his things. You might find it.   What a treasure that would be?

If there is one thing I've discovered, it's that a man must have good children to be a good Dad.  I don't care how much praise or criticism a man garnishes for his efforts, If his children aren't receptive, he'll not have succeeded.  So, as you admire  your Dad and revere his life, don't forget to look into the mirror, because, as much as you admire him for loving you, the reflection is of the son that made it possible.
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Re: My Dad
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2010, 11:01:19 am »
Bill,

I am sorry for your loss.  I had a similar last day with my dad.  I will always cherish it.
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Re: My Dad
« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2010, 11:37:20 am »
Bill,

Spending those last days with your Dad and having those mature conversations were just what he needed from you.  You were with him at the end, and that is very special.  I know that you will miss him, but smile when you think about his life and all that he accomplished in the face of adversity.  I honor him in your honor.  May he rest in peace and may you carry forward in his memory.
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« Reply #26 on: August 20, 2010, 11:56:41 am »
Bill, I cannot say any more than what has been said, Sue and I were pleased to meet you at the piggy roast, and seems like we would have enjoyed knowing your dad, sounds a little/lot like my dad.  And who ever said it is right, we don't get instruction books with kids, but some how they turn our all right.

Proud to know you, Bill.
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« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2010, 12:15:52 pm »
That was an awesome tribute to what sounded like a great Dad. It's funny how thing all line up and work out ain't it?
My Dad died when I was 6 months old. My Grandfather filled that void for me. He passed when I was 18. I just happened to stop by and see him the day before he died.
Meeting you at the roast was a great experience for me and now that you have shared this most personal side with us I respect you even more. My condolences go out to you and your family.
I hope you can spend some time celebrating his 94 year legacy.

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« Reply #28 on: August 20, 2010, 01:06:09 pm »

 Well written Bill, Thank you for sharing. Our fathers live on through their children. I can't tell you how many times I will be talking to one of my brothers and he will do something just like Dad and I'll say, "Just like our Father" giving us both a laugh.

My thoughts are with you.
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« Reply #29 on: August 20, 2010, 01:30:54 pm »
Bill,

That was a great tribute to your father.  Our thoughts are with you. 

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« Reply #30 on: August 20, 2010, 02:28:30 pm »
you have my condolences and deepest sympathy. pc
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« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2010, 02:39:54 pm »
Your post about your father is one of the most impressive I have read anywhere and he as you have described was his own man and did not have the tradicional ring in his nose to be led by others and could have made it anywhere in the world.

The world needs more people with that attitude and live by it.

They are few and far between and you have reason to be proud.

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« Reply #32 on: August 20, 2010, 04:28:50 pm »
Bill- Sorry to hear about your Dad. It sounds like he had a good run, and checked out on his own terms. We should all be so lucky! It's a fitting tribute you wrote, obviously from the heart. It may have been spur-of-the-moment, but it's no mistake you were with him at the end.
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Re: My Dad
« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2010, 05:09:16 pm »
I think you need to get on that bike and ride, feel the wind in your hair and let his Spirit be with you. That is about all I can muster right now.
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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2010, 07:55:43 pm »
It's great you went up to surprise your Dad.  I bet that meant a lot to him.
I guess he sorta had a surprise for you also and probably many more to come as you go thru his 94 years of collecting stuff.  You gotta hand it to the ol man for choosing his wishes and sticking with the plan.  He's a happy man right now.  The cousin you speak of must be a Politician.   You can send him a picture of the Mason Jar.       ;)
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« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2010, 07:56:36 pm »
That was a magnificent tribute to your Dad, Bill.  Thank you for sharing that poignent glimpse into his remarkable life.  I'm sorry for your loss.
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« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2010, 08:24:09 pm »
Bill, you will be in our thoughts and prayers here for many days to come. A very eloquent tribute to your father if there ever was.
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« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2010, 09:23:32 pm »
Bill,

Sorry to here about your dad.  Him and my father were part of the greatest generation and they will be missed.

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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2010, 11:05:11 pm »
Hey Bill, sorry to hear about your dad. He got his wish though didn't he. You were fortunate to spend that last day with him. Most of us will never get that "just right time of the day". My condolences to you.

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« Reply #39 on: August 21, 2010, 02:38:15 am »
You words show just how much of a man your father was.
Every time you look in the mirror you will see what he left behind. He will live as long as your memories and those of the lives he influenced have a tale to tell.

I know what I would do with the jar he left. I would do it just to feel his smile and sparkle one more time.
And the relative probably deserves it if the truth was known.  ;)