My father as a small child. Today, I miss him so much, even more than when he left this earth 31 years ago today. It was Good Friday, I had just sat down to my desk at work when my sister called me. Even today it is so hard to believe. But I know the person my father was. I know one day I will see him on the other side. What a glorious day that will be to see the faces of loved ones gone before us.
Dad always was a sharp dresser. He always looked pressed and polished and smelled heavenly too. He loved to try new cologne and my sister and I would often spend hours searching for a new favorite. I think I loved when he wore Bay Rum and also Grey Flannel the best.
The love of his life. Even when he was ill and could not remember a lot of people and current things he never forgot my mother. She was his world. I think one reason that I have a successful marriage is because I learned from the very best. I always listened when he talked.
My father read his bible everyday. I know this because he quoted the book of James throughout my whole life. I love that book as well as I think it is because my father lived it. I wish my mother would have given me his bible when he passed away. I would have cherished it and continued to read it as he had.
The Mother Cabrini Shrine, Golden, Colorado 1979. He was always taking care of my mother.
May 1978, Uncle Louie's 70th birthday. My dad was such an intelligent man. He only attended school through the 4th grade and yet he was the smartest man I knew. If he did not understand something, he researched it and his handwriting was beautiful. He worked the same job for 47 years at the C F & I Steel Corporation. He retired as a head roller. He always worked hard. He was very much like his own father but he passed away too young like his own mother had.
In honor of baseball season and opening day all over the country, my favorite all time baseball player: Dad.