Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In loving memory...

Unexpected things happen everyday and there is just no preparing for it.
In loving memory of my dad, John-1937-2011, who unexpectedly but peacefully passed away during his afternoon nap.

He was one of the most selfless, kind, giving and loving people I knew.  He loved people, was very social and he loved animals too.
 So many memories.  Breakfast was his favorite meal and the waitresses at the coffee shop loved him.  I remember as a kid going to breakfast with him and the employees would say "Hi John!" then he would go help himself to coffee. I remember when he worked graveyard hours and in the morning when we'd wake up for school there would be cat food in the garage for the stray cats( my mom never did dig that scene.)  Our love of animals came from our dad.  I remember one time he ran into a fast food restaurant and bought a meal for a homeless man, I'm sure there were many more he did the same for.  There have been people my mom never knew about just calling or showing up at the house with stories about how kind my dad was and how much they enoyed the many conversations and/or visits my dad had with them.  After all of these years my mom is just finding out how truly wonderful and caring my dad really was.

There are so many more memories I have, just to much to share.
I will miss him always.

19 comments:

  1. Sending you and your family loving thoughts.

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  2. So sorry to hear that, I lost my father two years ago and I can understand you. It is so sweet to read the loving words that you used to remember him.

    A big hug,

    Alessandra

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  3. i'm so very sorry to hear about your father's passing, JoLynn. i truly enjoyed reading your stories about him - he sounded like such an open-hearted, warm, fun, and compassionate man. it's absolutely wonderful you carry his love for animals in your heart, JoLynn. we'll be thinking of you and your family - and sending you all many, many hugs.

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  4. That was such a beautiful tribute to your Dad- I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your father must have been a gentle, loving, and lovely man, and you've written a beautiful remembrance. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  6. I'm sorry for your loss.
    Julika

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  7. So sorry to hear that your dad passed away. He sounds like a wonderful man.

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  8. Your dad sounds wonderful! I'm sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you.

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  9. So sorry to hear about your dad. He sounds like a great guy. Thinking of you and your family and big hugs.

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  10. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful person.

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  11. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time... Remembering all the wonderful aspects your father had is the best way to keep his spirit alive :)

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  12. To all of my blog friends- You are too kind and I can feel the warmth in your words. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts. I do know that some of you can relate and it means alot to me when I'm reminded that memories will not be forgotten of my dad.

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  13. my deepest condolences to you and your loved ones....May God Bless.

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  14. I am very, very sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts are with you.

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  15. I just stumbled upon your blog.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    May you find consolation in the love your father has left in this world.
    Hugs, Kerstin

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  16. Jo- now I know where you got so many of your traits. Your love of family and friends. Your kind and compassionate heart, especially for animals.
    It was nice to read the stories you shared about your father. It sounds as if he touched a lot of people. Take my friend. I miss you.

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been fighting with my family a lot recently and haven't spoken to either of my parents in awhile. Your simple yet honest eulogy reminded me of how important it is to appreciate our parents.

    I don't know you and I just now am happening upon your blog, but I already admire you. Hang in there. I'm sure such a kind man wouldn't want his own daughter sad.

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  18. What beautiful word for your sweet father.
    He would be proud of you , and thankful.
    I'm so sorry for your loss but I know words can't take that void or pain away in your heart. I stumbled across your blog today and really enjoyed it.
    Keep up the great writing

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