Remembering My Dad on What Would Have Been His 83rd Birthday – March 15

I am thankful that on this day 83 years ago, one of the best men ever was born. He grew up to serve his country in the army, to get married and to raise 4 kids, to become grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to 7 (so far), although he never had the joy of meeting any of them, since lymphoma stole him much too soon 14 years ago this September, at the age of 69.

 

At all times, he loved his Lord, his wife, his children and his grandchildren, and his friends. He was one of the best role models and life examples of being a godly man.

 

I know this because he was my beloved Dad

 

My Dad and me from a birthday long ago.
My Dad and me from a birthday long ago. We used to celebrate together, as our birthdays were 2 weeks apart (his on the 15th, mine on the 29th).

 

Dad, I’m thankful you’re healthy and pain-free in heaven, as we remember what would have been your 83rd birthday.

 

My Dad on his 50th birthday, 8 years younger than I will be in 2 weeks!
My Dad on his 50th birthday, 8 years younger than I will be in 2 weeks (from an album I made for my son’s 30th birthday).

 

But I miss you and your hugs SO much, Dad!

 

I wish you could have met Dave, and welcomed and loved him as a son, and all of the spouses of your grandchildren, who you would have loved and welcomed into the family.

 

I wish you could have met all your great-grandchildren, and held them in your famous “grampy” pose – or what would have been now a great-grampy pose!

 

My Dad doing the "Grampy Pose" that he did with every one of his grandchildren.
My Dad doing the “Grampy Pose” that he did with every one of his grandchildren.

 

While our lives will never be the same without your loving, encouraging presence with us, our lives are richer and blessed for having had you with us for as long as you were.

 

I know you are enjoying dwelling in your heavenly residence with the Lord you served all your life, with Mom by your side, and with all those other loved ones who have gone on before us.

 

I know you must watch over us now and look forward to that heavenly reunion when it’s each of our turns to leave this earth. I look forward to seeing you again some day and feeling your loving embrace and big bear hug once again. Love you, Dad!

 

My Dad, the inspiration for this blog, because of his gift of encouragement.
My Dad, the inspiration for this blog, because of his gift of encouragement.

 

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The book I wrote in Dad’s honorย  and memory, entitled Fatherly Reflections.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you lost anyone special to you?

Do you have difficulties emotionally when special days arise, like birthdays and holidays?

This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. I’ve lost grandparents, but no one super close to me. I hope I don’t for a really long time, either.

  2. Hugs and prayers to you! My grandfather passed away when I was almost 10. I wish he could have been here to see his great grandchildren. I know he would have loved them!

  3. This made me cry what a man I am so sorry to hear about your loss but just know that he is proud of you x
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  4. I am grateful that my parents are still with me. I am sorry for your loss but happy that you have your angel in heaven

  5. He was gone too soon for sure. I’m so sorry! I lost my own dad about 5 years ago and although he was much older than yours, it was still way before his time. Hugs!
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  6. You are so lucky to have had such a wonderful dad!

  7. He sounds like such a great man. I am sorry you lost him too soon. I wish he could’ve met the new members of the family as well. Happy birthday to him, I hope he is having a grand time right now!

  8. Feels so sorry. Looks he was a great man. Happy Bornday to him.

  9. Its never easy when there is a loss especially loosing a Parent. My heart goes out to your family during these times. Try to remember the happy times together with your father. Thanks for sharing your personal story.
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  10. #salute
    That is both awesome and heartbreaking at the same time. I hope I live long enough and well enough to become the man your dad was. Thank you for sharing your personal story.

  11. this is such an emotional piece. thank you so much for sharing with everyone.

  12. I really love what you did here. I really appreciate my dad too and definitely going to make a blog of him someday. Thank you so much for this, this is really a wonderful read. remembering and thanking our great father in life.

  13. My daughter’s birthday is the same as your dad’s. ๐Ÿ™‚ And my 2nd oldest son’s is very close to yours! I still miss my gram. She never got to meet my youngest and I know she would have loved him so much. She loved all her babies’ baby’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hugs and prayers to you. God is watching over you.

  15. What a sweet piece and I know that he is looking down and watching over everyone!

  16. While I am no longer mourning, I frequently think of my late parents. I guess it is only natural.

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