Myself, my family, and the Universe suffered a severe loss this year. My Father, a man with a truly wonderful soul, died in his sleep with a smile on his face. No matter how many times I try to write, proofread and edit the words on this page, I won't be able to completely express the impact he had on the lives he touched.
I could make ten, twenty, three million or more web sites devoted to him, but it doesn't really change anything. Nothing can bring him back. Nor can I "atone" for things I feel guilty about through a simple site on the Internet. There is a reason for that. There are also a few simple truths that dwarf this little tribute page...
I LOVED MY FATHER AND HE KNEW IT. I ALSO KNOW THAT HE LOVED ME.
No atonement necessary! I didn't do anything horribly wrong. I feel guilty about many things, but I am aware that is what happens when you lose someone close to you. So this page isn't here out of guilt. Rather, I put this here because I want the world to know how blessed I was, how blessed I still am. I had a Father, a Dad, a Friend. He had so many superb qualities. He was a great guy and he rocked!
Check out that picture of him with Merlin, his Buddy. I took that photo while we were sitting at the kitchen table, being goofy. Look at the two of them laughing together. That's how I remember him, that's how you can see him through my eyes.
I know I'll never completely recover from this loss. But I am so grateful. Grateful to him for being a good father, grateful for the time I had with him. That's all that really matters: knowing what I had and what I still have because of him.
So I want to say it to him anywhere that I can ...