I am sad to share with you that my father passed away this weekend. After years of struggling to sustain him, his kind heart finally gave out. Like all of the people lucky enough to have known him, I will miss Dad very much. His kindness and generosity will be remembered. His actions were his best lessons and school was always in session. He embraced a hard work ethic often working two jobs. He was the only person I know who could use a framing square like it was a calculator. But he tempered his late hours by eagerly sneaking away on sunny summer days to load his boat with kids for a water skiing trip at Lake Wheeler.
He encouraged me to take time to really listen to the people I meet. He believed good could be discovered in everyone regardless of their affiliations or beliefs if I was willing to make the effort to search. Whether a trustee prisoner sharing a ride home with us from the prison camp where Dad briefly worked as a guard to his close friends with whom he shared a lifetime of fond memories he treated everyone with the same warmth and respect. I will miss his optimism and love.
In Memory of My Dad
1930 – 2018
Thanks for sharing your heart, joy and life’s lessons
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14 Replies to “In Memory of Dad”
So proud of his “car salesman”!! Love you bunches Sis!!!
Love you too – thanks for being his favorite nurse!
Losing a parent is sad. He sounds like a wonderful man, someone I would have liked to know. And knowing you, I would say he did a good job in influencing you to be who you are!
Thanks Sherry – he would have loved to know you and Matt too!
Very nice tribute! Love you both!! Just call me the cook. 🙂
You ARE the cook! Love you too!
So sorry to here about losing your Dad. I lost mine in 1990, he had a heart attack and went very quickly, Mom was with us for 10 years and we watched her slowly drift away, no matter how the transition is made it hurts deeply the ones left. I have always remembered what my Grandfather told my Mom before he passed away, and she told him she did not want to be without him. He told her that he would ALWAYS be with her in her mind, to never forget him and he would always be there just like our heavenly father. Our prayers are with you and Charlie and your family, if there is anything we can do please let us know. Love ya kid. GOD BLESS
Jim & Sandy
I agree and I told Dad the same thing in one of our last conversations. Thanks for your kindness. Love you and Sandy too!
You wrote a wonderful tribute to your father. Very sorry for you loss. Steve Book (Seaford 71 classmate of Charlie)
Thanks Steve, that is very kind of you. Charlie sends his hope that the snow headed your way all melts before getting to you!
Ohh, I’m so sorry to hear. He will always be with you, just not physically. 98 years old! He had seen so much and you were lucky to have him for so long. He’s with his Father now, and I hope you find peace in that. Prayers coming your way to you and your family.
Thanks for your kind words and prayers, Mary. Yes, he will always be with me and I was lucky to have him.
Hope you are doing well and it is wonderful to hear from you.
So sorry to hear about your dad. This is a lovely tribute. I find that looking back on these fond memories, helps to get through these sad times.
Love to you and your family.
So true – thank you!