Monday, June 14, 2010

My father

My father passed away Thursday, June 3, 2010.
I was blessed to have him in my life for 55 years, but that doesn't make it less hard to say good bye.  He was my hero in many ways, and most of my values that I aspire to are ones that he lived by every day of his life.  He believed in loyalty, honesty, fairness and hard work.  He also had a sense of humor that saw him through most everything until the very end.  He was trying to tell me and a good friend of his a joke the day before he died.  I hope my memories of him will be of his laughing.  When I was in college I'd come home on the nights that Barney Miller was on TV so we could watch it together.  He loved Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.  We'd watch the old cartoons on Saturday mornings starting when I was a kid and continuing until I left home.  He loved his wife and his kids and grandkids and the history of this country, and he tried to pass that patriotism on to us.   The people who worked for him at Delta Airlines told us at his wake that he was a mentor and friend as well as a boss and a co-worker.

I'll miss being able to talk to him like I did almost every day of my life.

Here's a clip of his favorite Daffy Duck cartoon "yikes! and away!"

I love you Dad.