It’s difficult to find the right words to merely say Thank You to everyone. The
words “Thank You,” seem so simple for something that was enormously overwhelming
with all the love, support and care from our families, all our friends and even
individuals we have met for the first time. We can not express enough how
comforting it was to receive all the visits, emails, cards and phone calls to us
during this difficult time ~ we appreciate it so much!!
most of you know, Dad (Grandpa Jim) did pass to the rainbow bridge on Sunday,
June 29, 2008. My last post told you that Dad stopped all cancer treatments on
Thursday, June 26, 2008 and that Hospice would be coming to the house to help
care for Dad and keep him comfortable. We did receive our initial visit from
Hospice on Friday. This was a lengthy appointment to check Dad in as a patient
and for Jill & I to learn how to care for him and things we could expect in the
days to come. We were given a huge packet of information that became very
helpful for us and also received phone numbers to call at any time for support
and questions. Although our relationship with Hospice was short, we are forever
grateful for the wisdom and support they provided us.
Friday and Saturday Dad was surrounded by family and some of his closest
friends. He was happy to share many great memories with them and shared some
good laughs too (despite nodding off during some of the conversations ~ but, we
all know ~ Dad has done this on his good days too)!
Early Sunday morning Dad slipped into a coma and was resting comfortably during
the day. He may or may not have known it, but he was still surrounded by
family & friends and we all spoke to him and reassured him how much we love him
and what a great Dad, Grandpa and friend he is. We let him know that we will
miss him very much, but that we will all be ok until we meet again. Dad passed
away at 6:34 pm.
The days of his memorial services were only proof of what Jill & I already knew
of our Dad – he was the greatest man – and by the number of people who attended
and the words they spoke, they couldn’t agree more! The pastor asked if anyone
had any stories or words they would like to share about Jim to please jot them
down and he would share them during the service. He had a good chuckle the next
day when there was a huge pile of stories waiting for him and he commented he
has never received so many!
had a wonderful luncheon following the service and we were sure to have some of
his favorite classic cars parked outside to represent his passion for old cars.
miss Dad so much, just as the kids miss their Grandpa Jim. We know so many
others miss him too and we can all find comfort in knowing he’s in a better
place and that his memory will live on.
Thank you!!!!!! Amy & Jill
I think of my Dad, I think of the greatest man I know. I think of a man who
enjoyed life, someone who knew no enemies, someone who could always be counted
on. My Dad was a true gentleman. He was a giver; whether it was just a
listening ear, a soothing voice, a caring heart, a funny joke, a healing hug or
a cheering smile. I will never forget the special times we shared together and
will cherish those memories in my heart forever. I love you, Daddy! Amy xoxo
Dad was so positive. He would find the part of the glass that was half full,
even if there didn’t seem to be anything good from the situation. When I was
very young, there was only a Kmart to shop at in town. My mom read the ad from
that particular winter day and found something on sale we needed. We all got
into the car and I remember it being blizzard like conditions. We ran out of
gas along the way and Dad had to walk to the gas station in the cold snow. He
came back with a gas can and filled us up and continued to Kmart. When we
arrived, we discovered that the sale began the next day. I remember my Dad
laughing and saying - at least we’ll have gas! I Love you, Dad!!! Jill xoxo