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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