As Jack Hyne has already posted (Thanks, Jack!), my father passed away on Oct. 2. I want to tell you all how much fun he had getting to know and help everyone on this forum. It meant a lot to him.Dad and I had much in common. One of those things was a shared interest in World War II. A few weeks ago, he started sending his collection of WWII books home with me. These are books I will cherish.
My father was such a good man. I know it came through to you on here, but if you had known him in real life, you would have found him to be a joy. He never met a stranger. He was interested in everyone and everything.
I believe he was such an exceptional father because his father abandoned his family when he was about five years old. He wanted to be the kind of father to all of us that he wished he had. My father, his two brothers, and mother lived with his grandparents, three uncles, and an aunt. This was during the Depression. They didn't have much, but they had a lot of love.
My mother has suffered with dementia for a number of years. For years, dad was her chief caregiver. He did the shopping, cooked for her, cleaned for her, bathed her, brushed her hair and teeth, sang to her, and held her hand constantly. When he had a stroke last year, we were forced to put mom in a memory care facility. Every day for the past year, he would go and care for her there. He was simply devoted to his bride. It was a love that touched many people because you just don't see that very often.
Dad had an amazing sense of fun. We laughed up until the very end. He did not suffer. He never had any pain. We feel blessed for that. And we feel blessed for the fact that he went first. Had mom gone first, dad would never have been able to bear the pain. As it is, mom will never know. Dad will forever be "at the store" as far as she is concerned.
On behalf of my family, I want to thank you all for the friendship and interest you took in my father. His pastor told me that in all his years, dad was the most perfect man he had ever known. We will all miss him.