So Long, Dad…

…and enjoy heaven’s golf courses. It might mean waiting for a tee time in Purgatory for awhile, but with this upcoming Saturday being a First Saturday, maybe it won’t be that long after all.

Early this morning, my dad passed away in his home, in the company of his wife and eldest daughter. It was expected, as he had been in hospice care since mid-January. It was a peaceful, happy death.

He was a good man, a loving husband, a father who provided for his family and loved each of us kids as if they were the only one in the world. I am grateful I had the chance to see him last month, when the decision to go in hospice was made. I am grateful I had the chance to tell him I love him before he went. I am grateful that I had had the opportunity to tell him that if I was twice the husband and father I am now, I would still be half the husband and father he always was.

I will miss him.

Please keep my mom in your prayers.

Here’s a tribute I wrote about my dad on Father’s Day back in 2009.

About Larry D

LarryD has been blogging since March 2008, making observations on trends within the culture and the Church. His goal? Poking hornets nests with a stick and injecting humor into the New Evangelization, with the gentle reminder that everyone's taking themselves way too seriously. He currently resides in Michigan.
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24 Responses to So Long, Dad…

  1. My condolences, Larry. Praying for the repose of your father’s soul, and the consolation of all the family.

  2. Father Acervo says:

    Larry, I will remember your father in my prayers today. May he rest in eternal peace. My prayers for your mother and all of you as well.

  3. Paul Mitchell says:

    Very sorry for your loss, Larry!

    Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine
    R. et lux perpetua luceat eis:
    Requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

  4. May he rest in peace. My condolences to you and your family.

  5. Prayers from Kim and Pat.

  6. Linda Jauregui says:

    Eternal rest grant upon him, and peace for you and your family. My dad too is very ill. It is a moment in time when you get to truly treasure every moment with them you can, and try to not be afraid for the impending moment when you won’t be able to.

  7. Prayers from my family to all of yours.

  8. JLG says:

    My condolences and prayers are sent your way.

  9. Adrienne says:

    Prayers for your dear father, mother, and your entire family.

  10. bear says:

    I am sorry for you and your family for your loss. Prayers for your mother and al who have lost a good man.

  11. MaryW says:

    Larry, sorry for your loss. Prayers.

  12. Pat says:

    Keeping all your family, especially your Mother, in my prayers. May your Dad rest in His Peace.

  13. Diane K says:

    Sorry for your loss Larry. May he rest in peace. Prayers for you and the family.

  14. Terry Nelson says:

    Prayers for your dad – I do recall that beautiful tribute you wrote in 2009.

    Continued prayers for you and your family, and your dear mom.

  15. Nerina says:

    I am very sorry for your loss, Larry.

  16. Erin Manning says:

    So sorry, Larry. Praying for you and your family.

  17. Hello Larry,
    Adrienne and I (I’m Adrienne’s husband) are praying for you and family. We’re both orphans, all four parents died many years ago, and we empathize with your loss. Sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with your dad, though.
    Harold Streeter

  18. Jimmy Evans says:

    Sorry Larry. Prayers for your father and family this Sunday.

  19. caroline says:

    Sorry for your loss; will keep your father in my prayers and peace to your mom

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  21. thelarryd says:

    Thank you to everyone for your prayers and uber-kind comments. I’m touched by your compassion – it means more than you know.

    My dad’s funeral is Monday 3/3 at 11 AM EST. I expect it to be the usual mix of sadness and joy, but a bit heavier on the joy side.

    God bless you all.

  22. Leah says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Larry. I’ll be praying.

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