Dateline Portsmouth RI but really Madison WI,
late in the evening of 26 March
My Dad is going to leave in the next few hours, and I am going to miss him very much.
He raised and supported seven children into adulthood, losing two in their very early years.
He was an enormously patient man, full of humility.
He always went out of his way to help others, and never sought credit for himself.
He was terribly shy in his personality, but somehow endeavored all his years to befriend others and to engage in the sort of small talk that left those around him always feeling better about themselves.
He taught me many things along the way: how to catch a football, how to think ahead, and how to get through difficult moments with faith.
I feel very fortunate to have known this man for 41 years. I would have taken more, but this was more than most receive, and for that I thank both him and God.
He will always remain to me the man I hope someday to be.