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My Dad, My Hero....

Posted on: December 21, 2009 8:55 am
I promise I'll get back to the some fun and weighty sports topic in my next blog but I need to do a tribute to the only real life hero I ever Dad.

He passed away peacefully Sunday early just after 1 PM Central from complications of kidney failure and a heart attack.  He had been battling ailments for a long time and finally he just ran out of energy to fight.  He lived to be 84.

The important idea though is what he meant to me as a youngster and adult.  Yes I had those who I admired down through the years.  Astronauts, sports figures both well known and sometimes not well known, and those who battled great odds to succeed to reach a lofty goal were those I admired greatly.  But they were not my real heroes.  Dad always was.  From his wry and dry sense of humor (he would have scored some points on the caption contests well run on Sportsline) to knowing when to fight and when to let others have their way.  He showed me how to support a family.  No, I didn't turn out exactly like him and that's good.  Dad always thought everyone needed to be different and societies get in trouble when too many people think exactly alike and don't question authority enough.  I think 21 years as a Marine and 20 + years at the post office taught him that.  He also showed me that even heroes have faults and it is okay to be human.  Learning from errors and moving on, not dwelling on them, was as valuable of a lesson as he ever taught me.

He even showed me how to handle adversity here in his last years.  Only at the end did he really complain about the pain and how tired dialysis had made him.  It is very hard to let go of our heroes.  Sometimes we must though.  Now, maybe it is my turn.  Sometime in the distant future, a now young man will hopefully write about how his dad was his true hero growing up.  If I accomplish that goal with my son, I will have paid my hero, my Dad,  the ultimate compliment.

Thank you one and all for your support and kind words during these last and very difficult 16 months.  Between the Mrs. and Dad it has been rough at times.  Posting on sportsline has probably done much to take my mind off their problems and provide a temporary diversion for me.  Again thanks.
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Tags: Dad

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 5:10 pm

My Dad, My Hero....

What an incredible tribute.  Having lost my father (at the age of 56) six years ago in February to many of the same issues I truly feel for what you and your family are going through.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. 

To all fathers it is our duty, responsibility and honor to raise our kids to be everything they can be.  We should all strive to leave a legacy that continues on through generations.  Moo, I believe your dad had done so and fully expect you will continue the legacy.

God Bless

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2009 6:13 am

My Dad, My Hero....

Thank you everyone for your very kind words.  We had the funeral on Saturday.  The weather (a foot of snow) prevented us from having a graveside ceremony but the service at the funeral home went well.  My dad will be missed.  the best tribute I can give him is to go on and use what he taught me. Dad, you gave me all the tools to make it on my own without you.  You did good.

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2009 5:29 am

My Dad, My Hero....

Sorry for your loss

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2009 2:20 am
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Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2009 1:53 pm

My Dad, My Hero....


What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. Your words are touching and inspirational, a salute to all those fortunate enough to have great men as Dads--and a reminder to those who may not yet recognize that the true hero is often not some  figure worshipped from afar but someone we've grown up with, someone who has done "everyday" things that result, as in your case, to be the ultimate gift.

You have my sincere condolences.  Thank you for taking your very personal loss and sharing it with the Community.  Your Dad does indeed sound like  a great man, a hero in the truest sense of that word.

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2009 1:04 pm

My Dad, My Hero....

sorry to hear about your dad. he seemed like a great man. an i only hope mine lives to be as old as yours. jus like yours he is my hero an to is also a great thoughts an prayers are with you.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2009 12:31 pm

My Dad, My Hero....


I don't usually read these too often but yours caught my eye and put a tear there too. reading your story and it's parallels to my own. My father past away 5 years ago at the age of 70, he was in the Army and retired from the post office. My father had cancer and went through about a year and a half of treatments. Just before he died I decided to write him a letter titled My Dad, My Hero so you can see why your story got my attention it centered on all the same things you talked about. We can only hope we end up being the same type of men our fathers and our heros were.

P.S. Peter Gabriel had a great tribute to his father great song... warning you may want to view it alone.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2009 12:20 pm

My Dad, My Hero....


No doubt this was a great man. It seems clear that you were blessed to have him as a father. I'm glad that you are able to focus on the good things in this difficult time. Thanks for sharing your memories.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2009 9:56 am

My Dad, My Hero....


I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear about your father.  You paid him a great tribute buy your words, I can tell he was a great inspiration in your life.  You are lucky to have been raised by such a great man.

I haven't seen my Father since I was 6 months old.  I just recently found him, he is Thailand right now.  We have spoken on Skype and have written letters, but that is it, and that is how I want it to remain.

I too am a Father of two kids that I am determined to not let them grow up the way I did.  We have a great time with sports, crafts and the kids versus dad water fights in the warmer weather.  I hope to someday, mean as much to them as your Father means to you.

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2009 9:31 am

My Dad, My Hero....

Moo, I am very sorry to hear this. Your dad sounds like he was a great person and loved by many. I know that his legacy will continue on through you. While there is never a "good time of the year" to lose somebody, but this time of the year has to make it a little bit worse. I truly am sorry that you have to go through this at what should be a happy time. But if you need me, send me a PM and I'll listen. You and your family will for sure be in my thoughts and prayers. Godspeed my friend, godspeed.

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