Purveyor of Truth
On Saturday, November 5th at 5:36 PM , I lost my father and best friend. He was 84 years young and as he lay dying he continued to talk about the future as though he might live another 5 or 10 years. Of course he knew he was going to leave this world but true to his word he continued to talk about what he would do tomorrow. That was always my dad's outlook on life, and death.
While he understood we would grieve his passing he asked us all to be happy for him as well. He said many times, Whether I live or die I can't lose, for if I live I'm surrounded by a loving family and my many friends, but if I die I will be with the love of my life. He missed my mother terribly and while not religious in the conventional sense he held on to a deep spirituality and knew he would be reunited with his love.
His positive upbeat attitude when facing death the last couple of weeks touched all around him. His hospital doctor, Dr. Lui and he developed a special relationship and the entire nursing staff and nurses aid staff treated him more like a friend than a patient. My dad had that effect on all that met him, and, it didn't take too long before it happened.
My father was an exceptional man and his experiences in life are far too numerous to mention and likely I'd miss a few for sure. But here's a sample... a pilot at 16, a supervisor at 19, a professional photographer, a deputy fire chief of a volunteer fire department, served on the board of a private golf course, started and ran BOSS (Boost our Southwick Schools) with my mother ~ an organization to support and raise money for the public school's extra curricular activities, owned and operated Barb's Sport Center with my mother, was a manager and general manager with a national company that produced paper and corrugated products, consultant and vice president, a thespian who played the part of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, a writer and a teacher by example.
I could go on and on but will close by saying my father taught me much, and he, alongside my mother brought me and my three siblings up to be independent, hard working, honest, forthright, trustworthy, and to simply be the best we could be. He always said, never forget where you came from son and always walk around in someone's shoes awhile before you criticize them. I'll continue to try dad, and, whenever I find myself facing difficulties to stop and ask, WHAT WOULD DAD DO.
Thank you dad, I love you. Rest in peace, say hi to mom, and give her my love.