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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:33 PM

My Father passed last night. He was 93, born on August 8, 1919

He had been ill for a while now, but until this past February, he was able to live at home with a minimal amount of assistance. Then he fell and was in and out of the hospital and nursing homes for a few months, developing infections, etc., and in May I moved in with him (with all my cats) until October when we moved him into assisted living as he needed more care than I could provide. He had congestive heart failure, multiple myeloma (a blood cancer like leukemia) and Alzheimerís. At his new home he was pretty good for a couple months, but right after Thanksgiving he started having pain in his back, and with medication we could control it, but he was noticeably getting weaker daily. I believe he decided it was time to go this past Thursday, so he didnít linger, and Iím grateful the end was peaceful.



The above is a photo of my parents when they were courting, back when you called it that. They were married for 57 years before she passed in 2004. My father had a very good outlook, and he eventually got a girlfriend about 3 years afterwards. He liked going out, dancing and traveling, and he was lucky he found someone to share his time with.

He was a life-long Democrat and union member, WWII veteran, loving father and husband. Whenever he was in the hospital the nurses would comment about how glad they had him as a patient because he was so pleasant and never complained. Below is a photo of my sister and I with him with what must be my first EasterÖit was the earliest photo I could find of him with me. The second photo is him on his 90th birthday on our cruise to Alaska.



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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:35 PM

1. So, so sorry.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:35 PM

2. My condolences, he sounds like a wonderful guy. Go in peace.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:35 PM

3. I am so sorry for your loss

The photographs appear to evidence a long and happy life!

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:36 PM

4. Deepest Sympathy joeybee12

What a lovely couple!

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:36 PM

5. I'm sorry for your loss

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:37 PM

6. Sorry for your loss!

I know what it feels like to lose a father! It is hard.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:38 PM

7. Looks like a cool guy to me

Chillin with the Dos Equis XX

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:38 PM

8. He looks like a real sweetie pie.

My sincere condolences in your loss, joeybee12.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:38 PM

9. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:39 PM

10. My condolences to you and your family!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:39 PM

11. So sorry...

I read your post from the other day, and it sounded like he was declining.
Please cherish the memories of him and look back with gratitude that he was there for you all these years.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:40 PM

12. What a nice tribute

Joey,

My heart goes out to your family on your loss, and I am glad for you that he died as peacefully as possible. I loved reading about your memories of him, and I hope that you find comfort in them.

I had to laugh at the part where you said you moved in, with all your cats, to take care of him, hehehe. Now that I am a pet owner, I can understand Hugs and God bless you.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:40 PM

13. I'm happy you got to spend so many years with him, and to be there for him at the end. . .

He sounds like a nice guy to have known.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:41 PM

14. Sounds like you were a real blessing to him in his last years.

No matter how prepared we think we are, the loss of a parent is devastating, for a large part of us is gone. I know you will remember him always, for it is obvious that you loved him very much. My sincere sympathy.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:42 PM

15. Thank you for sharing your dad with us.

He sounds like he was an outstanding dad & person. My dad also was a Democrat, Union man, & WWII vet so your post touched me in a special way.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:42 PM

16. Sounds like a great guy.

My condolences, Joey.....

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:42 PM

17. To joeybee12 and his precious father.

 

"Stay thirsty my friend".

Great photos! Your dad looked really fit for being 90. Mine will turn 98 this year, he is still kickin'.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:42 PM

18. Sounds like your father had a good life...may he RIP.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:46 PM

19. thanks for the pics....sorry for your loss.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:48 PM

20. Sounds and looks like a great guy

Tough time of the year for this kind of news, but I'm glad for you and your family that you had him for so long. This is the essence of life. Thank you for sharing him with us. I know you'll miss him. Be well.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:48 PM

21. Condolences to you and your family.

I lost my Dad (also a Democrat and union member) several years ago on New Year's eve.

May your Dad RIP.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:50 PM

22. Sorry for your loss...lost my Dad in 2009 so I know what you're going through. nt.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:51 PM

23. I love the story told by those pictures.


A smile on his face, one hand on drink and another on a woman....

A smile on his face, both hands on kids...

A smile on his face, on hand on a drink.

Ain't that just the way it goes.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:51 PM

24. ((()))

 

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:51 PM

25. Condolences for your loss, my father would have been 95 this year,,,

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:52 PM

26. I am truly sorry that you lost your dad

and I am also grateful that his passing was peaceful. He had a nice long life, and he will to live in your memories.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:53 PM

27. My condolences.

I looks like he had a grand and long life! LOVE the cruise pic!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:54 PM

28. Your father sounds like a man who lived his life well and to the fullest.... you are



very lucky to have had him as a dad! I love the last photo....

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:55 PM

29. I'm so sorry for your loss joeybee12

My thoughts are with you and your family

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:55 PM

30. My deepest sympathies.



I must say, he does not look 90 in that photo! I would guess more like 70-75. And still drinking beer!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:55 PM

31. You must miss him terribly

It's nice that you were able to move in with him and care for him for a while. I did that with my mother when she was dying of cancer. It's difficult, but I wouldn't trade those last months for anything. It sounds like he had a wonderful full life.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:56 PM

32. Great pics. Sorry for your loss.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:57 PM

33. Please accept my sincere condolences and deepest sympathies, joeybee12.

Love, peace and strength to you and yours.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:59 PM

34. So sorry about your dad. Thank you for posting the photos--

a very nice tribute.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:00 PM

35. My condolences to you and your family! n/t

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:02 PM

36. What a fine looking family--and damn, your old man was a fit feller, wasn't he?

He looks better at 90 than most seventy year olds I know!

It doesn't matter how old he was, or how old you are--it still hurts like hell, even when it is expected. And, in terms of mindset, so long as you have a parent, you're always a kid even if you're collecting a pension. When you lose your folks, it is a transition and it can and does affect people in different ways. Take some time for yourself when you can.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:04 PM

37. You and he are lucky to have had one another. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:04 PM

38. May those memories sustain you at this time

of your loss and in the years to come. He sounds like he was a wonderful man and father.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:05 PM

39. Condolences, joeybee12

He looks like he was a great guy.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:06 PM

40. My condolences

It would have been nice had he lived to 2013, just to get to 2013.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:08 PM

41. so sorry for your loss joeybee12

Your dad sounds like he was an awesome guy. Thanks for sharing his and your story.
May peace find you and yours during this difficult time.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:09 PM

42. My sincere condolences!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:09 PM

43. Deepest Sympathies...

to you and your family.

What a lovely tribute to your dad. The pictures are wonderful, not only of your parents when they were 'courting' and you and your sister, but of your day relaxing on the deck with a beer. He looks like a guy we would have all loved to know.

May these memories give you comfort.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:12 PM

44. My sincere condolences joeybee. Sounds like he was a wonderful man..great photos..wonderful tribute.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:12 PM

45. So sorry to hear!

My heart is with you. He was a good man.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:13 PM

46. What a lovely man with a beatific smile. You must be very proud. May he rest in peace.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:13 PM

47. Deepest Condolences Joeybee

Sounds like he did lots that was right. A great guy and a great father to a rather special son.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:14 PM

48. My condolences and deepest sympathies!

You can see it in his eyes that your dad was a very good man.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:14 PM

49. I'm sorry for your loss, and I'm glad he had a peaceful passing.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:14 PM

50. If I live to be 90 I hope I look half that good.




It looks and sounds like he really enjoyed his life.

So sorry for your loss.


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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:15 PM

51. Condolences Joey.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:15 PM

52. He looks and sounds like a great guy.

Wishing you strength for the coming days.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:15 PM

53. may Peace be with you and your family, joeybee. nt

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:17 PM

54. I 07 him! <3 <3 )O( nt

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:18 PM

55. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. n/t

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:21 PM

56. What a cool dad

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:22 PM

57. Sorry for your loss. Having lost both parents in their mid-nineties, I can attest that

at any age is too soon.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:22 PM

58. My Condolences

He seems to have had a good life and that's something to be thankful for, and that he was your dad.

I can relate, I have seen many loved ones pass this year, one just last week. My thoughts are with you and yours.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:23 PM

59. Safe passage to your dad.

My dad was also born in 1919, a WWII vet, union member and lifelong democrat, and I loved him a lot.

Condolences on your loss. It's never easy no matter how many years we've had or how ready we think we are. Your words and pictures say a lot about the guy he was. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:25 PM

60. He sounds like he was an amazing person.

I'm happy for you to have had him in your life of so long. :hugs:

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:27 PM

61. What a handsome man!

So sorry for you loss

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:29 PM

62. I'm sorry for your loss. My Dad's almost 90

They've told him he hasn't much time left. I wasn't close to him though. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe not. Suspect I'll be finding out soon.

I'm sorry your new year had to start like this.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:29 PM

63. I love the picture of your Mom and Dad together.

It brought back memories of that era. I remember many photos of my uncles in uniform with their soon-to-be wives.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:31 PM

64. Condolences on your loss

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:31 PM

65. Sorry to hear that...

He looks like a person that enjoyed life very much.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:32 PM

66. Your dad was an amazing man

He lived life to the fullest and kept on...It seems you had a great relationship. I am sure there are many good memories for you to have and share.

May he RIP..

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:32 PM

67. Hey Joeybee

My partner and I send our best wishes for your pop's journey. I have no doubt your mom was there waiting for him. :0)

You're a good man for taking care.

Don

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:35 PM

68. My friend, I am so so sorry.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:36 PM

69. My condolences

Sorry to hear that.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:40 PM

70. Please accept my condolences.

He seems like a wonderful man. Strangely - my dad, who passed in 2000, had the same birth date.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:40 PM

71. You have my condolences.

I lost my father unexpectedly earlier this year and it's very rough so I can imagine what you are going through.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:43 PM

72. My condolences for your loss

And to your entire family.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:44 PM

73. Condolences on the loss of your father, joeybee12.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:47 PM

74. Here's to a life well-lived from the look of it.

Godspeed to your dad, hugs and condolences to you.
Ps your dad and I shared a birthday, but I'm, ah, several decades younger.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:51 PM

75. I woulda hung out with that dude!!

I'm very sorry for your loss. He looks to me like someone I would have loved kick in' around with!!!

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:53 PM

76. So sorry

Mine passed this past October. He would have been 80 in November. He too had congestive heart failure and fell. The fall did him in. I miss him terribly and was there for his last breath. I think about him constantly, so I know it's not easy.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:53 PM

77. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Your photos and tribute to your Dad spoke volumes.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:53 PM

78. My sympathies, Joey

Ninety-three is a great run, but there's never a good time for this. Even if you know it's coming, it still hurts.

Best to you and the family.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:56 PM

79. My sincerest sympathies.

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Any man that can get a girlfriend at 88, hoist a Dos Equis at 90, and still have the same twinkle in his eyes as he did as a young man, knew how to enjoy life. I hope his passage to the other side is peaceful.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:56 PM

80. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

And thanks for sharing his story...wonderful tribute to him.

Peace to you and yours.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:58 PM

81. I am so sorry

Thank you for celebrating his life here with us.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:58 PM

82. These photograph brought a smile to my face and I didn't even know him.

What warm memories you have. May they help you find peace at this time. I'm glad you could help him during his last months. You'll never regret that gift to him.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:00 PM

83. Passing is sad. You'll always miss him.

Those photos show a life very well lived!

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:01 PM

84. So very sorry

I'm so very sorry for your loss, but so happy that your Father had a wonderful life.

Thank-you for sharing your memories and pictures.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:03 PM

85. A good, long life.

That's how I want to be when I'm 90. A smile on my face and a cold drink on a warm deck somewhere out at sea.

Lucky man.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:07 PM

86. I am so sorry.

It looks like he enjoyed life right up to the end. I am sure he's happy to be with your mom again.

Hugs to you and your sister.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:08 PM

87. Thank you so much for sharing at a most difficult time.

What a beautiful tribute! The similarities between your father and mine are eerie. My dad was born on 9/11/19 and died of congestive heart failure. He and my mom were also married for 57 years before he passed in 2004. It sounds from the nurses that your dad and mine had the same personality. He was a great dad to my brothers and me.

I wish my condolences could ease your pain.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:09 PM

88. Your Father was the most handsome, vibrant

90 year old I have ever seen. I've taken that cruise and know what
wonderful memories both of you must have. My deepest condolences
and wish for peace to you and all who loved him.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:09 PM

89. I am sorry for your loss

It sounds like he lived a full and a good life no one can ask for more.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:11 PM

90. I'm very sorry for your loss.

I'm facing the same thing with my 87-year old father, Stage IV lung cancer (and he quit smoking 50 years ago).

The only thing New Year's means to me is that this will be the year I lose my father.



Bake

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:11 PM

91. Clearly, a man who loved to have a good time. I'm glad that he was able to find more love after the

loss of his love of 57 years. I'm glad for you, that you had that solid foundation of love -- and union membership. Take care & remember the happiness.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:12 PM

92. What a nice tribute you posted ...!

I lost my dad a little over a year ago. The sorrow is there a lot, but also the joy of knowing him and the things that he taught me about love and life. I miss him dearly, but was very proud that such a wonderful man was my Dad. I'm sure you are feeling that, too.
I know from your post that you have peace in his passing.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:12 PM

93. sorry for your loss....

your dad lived through some very interesting times.

your dad looked like the kind`a guy you would`t turn down a drink with him.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:12 PM

94. So sorry..

The pictures are fabulous. Same great smile in each of them.


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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:13 PM

95. I am so sorry for your loss.

I would be a lucky woman if I can make it to 90, still able to go on a cruise and hold up a beer looking happy like your dad.

He must have had a great attitude, because I am getting older and old age is just not for sissies, as the saying goes. If one can find a way to smile at how it all unfolds as one heads toward their time of passing, then life has been good in the way that matters most.

Again, my condolences and that is very nice tribute you've made in posting these photos. Take care.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:14 PM

96. sorry for your loss

and I know my Dad passed at the same age in May 2010 I miss him everyday

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:16 PM

97. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:16 PM

98. sorry joe. i lost my mom this year. it's tough.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:17 PM

99. Condolences for your loss.

I am pretty sure by what you posted here that I would have loved knowing your dad. May he rest in peace. What a great Dad!

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:17 PM

100. I'm so sorry...

You and your family are in my thoughts.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:17 PM

101. My deepest sympathy.

What more can we expect from life than a healthy, long and happy life - filled with family and experiences to hold fond memories of.

My mother 99 today, and life is not so golden for her, but we make the best of it. I'm hoping one day the good Lord will take her in her sleep and she will find that peace that she certainly deserves. 49 years of marriage before my father died; nine children, 53 great grand children, and relatively good health until her stroke seven years ago. We should all be so fortunate. But when the time comes, dear Lord, please take us away so the warm memories we leave can live on in the hearts and minds of those we touched.

My deep condolences to you and your family.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:18 PM

102. What a great tribute, joeybee12..

and thanks for sharing an important part of your life, and your father's life. There is nothing else like a life well lived, and he truly did live it well, as long as possible. Condolences to you and yours.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:18 PM

103. i'm so sorry to hear this

but i gotta say that picture of him on the cruise with a dos equis is pretty special. What a cool guy. enjoying life! may we all have a life well lived.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:19 PM

104. So very sorry Joeybee

Your Dad sounds like quite a guy and reminds me of my Dad who passed 10 yrs. ago. Thank-you for posting the great photos of him, looks like he lived life to the fullest. Even though it's so hard to lose the ones we love, we can always take comfort in knowing they lived a good life and when their time came it was a peaceful transition.

Again, my deepest sympathies.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:21 PM

105. I am very sorry for your loss, Joeybee12

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:21 PM

106. Great guy, and a life well lived.

Like my Mom (she was a year older), part of the Greatest Generation.

And it looks like when he drank beer, he preferred Dos Equis.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:25 PM

107. Especially love that last photo

Peace to you.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:31 PM

108. What a life!

My condolences on your loss, and my congratulations that you had such a wonderful father. This was a lovely tribute to a man with whom you obviously had a special relationship.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:32 PM

109. Just a lot of hugs, well wishes and good vibes

sent and lots of love. Grief work is just that so go easy on yourself for a while. Your father was a lucky man to have such a wonderful, kind and caring son. I LOVE this last photo. He looks like he was a lot of fun Hold the good memories close. (((hugs)))

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:36 PM

110. my condolences to you

In looking at the first picture, I though to myself, that guy is really cute!
And when i came down to the last one, I thought, he's still cute!

Your dad sounds like an extraordinary man and you're so fortunate to have had him in your life. A part of him will always be in you, and if you have kids, whether biological or adopted, you'll pass that piece of him to them. That's a powerful legacy he's left ....


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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:37 PM

111. So sorry for your loss, such amazing beautiful pics of your dad & family

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:40 PM

112. We should all live so well. nt

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:42 PM

114. Rest Now

A good man, a great generation. I just learned of a family friend passing on Dec. 20th. My own mother passed away on August 4. They join a fine group of contemporaries who had 2012 as their final year. We were blessed by all their presence.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:05 PM

115. What a guy! You are so lucky to have had your parents

as long as you did. Bless you in this time of sorrow, and may you find peace in your memories of happy times together. Thank you for posting about his life and esp. the pictures.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:06 PM

116. Hugs to you, joeybee...

and wishing you peace and strength in this coming new year.

Your pics are beautiful and good memories of a wonderful family...thank you so much for sharing. Your dad looks like he was a really great guy! All my sympathies to you.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:07 PM

117. Your tribute to your Dad is touching...

What a wonderful and long life your Dad had. He sounds like a fine human being who raised a fine family. Bless you during your time of sorrow.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:14 PM

118. so sorry joeybee

my condolences to you and your family

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:17 PM

119. My sincere condolences to you and your family....

 

I lost my father @ age 88 this year. He was a Depression Era survivor and WWII Army Air Corps veteran. I loved him with all my heart. But he is in a better place now. The last several years were very difficult for us as dementia overtook what we had known as a sharp and witty mind.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:22 PM

120. Very nice looking couple

So sorry for your loss. Looks as though he had a full and happy life.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:22 PM

121. So sorry but so happy he lived

and he gave us you!

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:26 PM

122. My thoughts and prayers are with you

and your family.

My mother passed in 2011 and she enjoyed life up to the last day -- I treasure every moment that I spent with her - especially that year that I had to have a Caregiver for her.

About 2 weeks before she passed, she told me that she was tired and she didn't want to get out of bed. I tried to encourage her yet when I called her doctor he told me to let her stay in bed .

At first, I didn't understand but a few days later he told me that he was going to have Hospice come to talk with me about the ways that they could help me.

I thought HOSPICE meant that the person was going to die immediately -- I cried but said "OK."

I say all this to let others know that was one of the best CALLS I have ever made.

She loved listening to her favorite songs from my Ipod for about 1 week and having close friends come to see her.

Hospice was able to help me in so many ways.

She passed peacefully in her bed -- with me, standing beside the bed, cradleing her in my arms.
Just like she had held me when I was a Baby.

I value the memories.
I treasure the photographs and the video that was taken when a dear friend came to sing to her.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:29 PM

123. Sorry for your loss joeybee12.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:31 PM

124. My thoughts are with you

Thanks for sharing the pictures of him. Sounds like your father was a special man. I especially love the picture of the Alaska cruise.

Wishing you and your family peace and comfort as you mourn his passing.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:33 PM

125. So sorry for your lost

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:35 PM

126. Wonderful tribute.


Condolences for you and all the family.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:41 PM

127. what marvelous pictures....

I lost both of my parents when I was in my early 50's....and I miss them every day

my niece read this poem at my mother's memorial service... it brought me comfort..,. I hope it does to you


Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a 1,000 winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sun on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled light
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there; I did not die.
Anonymous

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:44 PM

128. I wish you strength & comfort, joeybee.

I'm still numb after losing my mom two days after Thanksgiving. I'm still having to catch myself after thinking for a moment, 'I've got to tell Mom about...' Damn. Why do people have to die.

Your dad was quite a looker at age 90! Looks like he had a great time on the cruise.

Sorry for your loss.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:02 PM

129. I'm sorry for your loss, joeybee12.

Your Father sounds like he shared a wonderful life with you.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:04 PM

130. May he rest in peace.

Your father sounds (and looks!) like a wonderful person who lived life to the fullest. Be grateful for all the years you had with him.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:09 PM

131. joeybee12

Your father was a gem! And your mom was beautiful! And you turned out to be an exceptionally caring person for both of them, so your parents taught you well about life. The circle of life unavoidably churns on for those of us left behind, but I have no doubt you were instrumental in extending your dad's remarkable life.

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your beloved father. Peace to you and your family in the days and weeks ahead.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:09 PM

132. Godspeed to your father

Rest in Peace sir.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:15 PM

133. A beautiful tribute to your Dad! You were a fortunate young man to have had such a good man for

a father! He blessed you in more ways than you will ever know! Know that although part is difficult now . . . Memories of the good time will sustain you.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:18 PM

134. It seems your dad loved life and lived it fully and I'm crying for you! So sorry!

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:19 PM

135. -

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:20 PM

136. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:23 PM

137. Our sincere condolences for your loss.

My 93 yo mother has lived with my partner and I for the past 13 years. She remains mentally sound and is pretty spry given her age, even navigating stairs daily to and from her bedroom. We have tried convincing her to take a room on the first floor but she gets angry with us when we bring it up. I think maybe she feels it is her bit of independence still.

For about the past year and a half she has become a recluse, not wanting to go out anywhere for fear of contracting anything like a cold or the flu. Her eyesight has deteriorated from macular degeneration, but she loves listening to CSPAN, Rachel Maddow, and The Young Turk. She also loves audio books, so we are frequent shoppers at Better World Books dot com.

It has been a huge chore at times, and we sacrifice much in terms of personal freedom, but she is a valued member of the family and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Your loss is great no doubt, but keep sacred the memories; memories are the secret of immortality.

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Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:59 AM

203. Intervene

To protect your mother you must move her to the first floor. Don't ask, just do it for her own good. Once a senior falls, downhill is the result. You can try to prevent a catastrophe.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:27 PM

138. So sorry for your loss....

I love the last picture of him in this thread. He had a good life and went peacefully, but I know it is very hard for you. Please accept my condolences. May peace be with you.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:28 PM

139. love the pics, beautiful tribute, he looks so happy :D

Sorry for your loss, glad you got to spend time with him in the end.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:33 PM

140. Another loss of a member of the Greatest Generation. Please accept my condolences.

Your dad's was a life well lived.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:51 PM

141. I'd like to add my condolences

and thank you for sharing the pictures and stories here.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:02 PM

142. What a wonderful portrait of the man

What a tribute to the most important man in your life.

May he RIP.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:14 PM

143. My condolences.

And a reminder of my parents.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:16 PM

144. Condolences, cherish the memories

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:18 PM

145. Hugs, Sympathy and Thanks for sharing. Boy I love that last picture! What a great smile.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:19 PM

146. such a nice tribute for a life lived well. my condolences to you, joeybee12. May he rest in peace.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:24 PM

147. 93 years, 57 happily married and YOU...

Sounds like your Dad had a pretty fulfilled life.

~hug~

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:27 PM

148. So sorry Joey.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:30 PM

149. Just a few months older than my Dad, who was born on 11/22/1919

Also a WWII vet, still living on his own, writing letters to Michele Bachmann asking for gun control. Never wanted a gun in our house after WWII. Lifelong Dem as well

You have my deepest sympathy, because I know how much you have lost.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:30 PM

150. I'm sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like a wonderful person. An inspiration.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:30 PM

151. I'm so so sorry for your loss.

Your father's character and charm shine out of every photo. I hope you'll be comforted by your memories and by knowing he lives on in you. Peace.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:32 PM

152. so sorry.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:33 PM

153. My mother was born on the same day! She was born in .............

Peekskill NY. She died in 1976.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:35 PM

154. Wonderful tribute, he sounds like a great guy. May your memories bring you peace & make you smile.

My daddy died 25 years ago, that first year I had so many "I can't wait to tell dad" moments... Please know that it does get easier over time.
:hugs:

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:39 PM

155. I'm sorry for your loss! Beautiful..

tribute. Peace and strength to your family.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:41 PM

156. Good full life

 

and a peaceful passing at the moment of his choice.

So much to be grateful for. I share your joy and gratitude of having had such wonderful father, whose beauty and wisdom continues to live in you.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:46 PM

157. He was a great dad!

All I can say, joeybee12, is please accept my family's and my condolences for you and for all of the losses you've had to deal with inthe past few months.

Have some !

All the best to you at this painful time.

PEACE!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:54 PM

158. Sincere condolences, Joeybee.

Lovely to read your tribute to your father. He sounds like a great guy. And he was blessed to have you with him.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:09 PM

159. I'm so sorry, much sympathy to you and all who

loved him. Your father was born the same year as mine, he died in 2008.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:22 PM

160. So glad he was able to live life to its fullest until nearly the end. And what a great

thing to be able to go on a cruise for your 90th birthday.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:47 PM

161. I am so sorry for your loss, Joeybee, and glad he went in peace. Looks like he

could've had a wicked cool sense of humor.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:58 PM

162. So sorry for your loss.

Looks like your dad was a great guy.

The Grim Reaper was really busy in 2012. I hope that he/she takes some time off in 2013. We're losing too many people.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:59 PM

163. I'm so sorry!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:04 PM

164. I'm so sorry for your loss, Joeybee12.

What a completely lovely guy your dad was.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:14 PM

165. He looks like he's enjoying

himself on the cruise. So sorry for your loss.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:24 PM

166. Sounds and looks like a fulfilling life....May he rest now

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:31 PM

167. 1919...

... it was a good year. My parents, God rest them, were also born in 1919. I know this is a difficult time for you, you probably feel numb and unbelieving that he is gone. What a wonderful life he lived. And what wonderful memories you have to sustain you. That last picture is truly priceless. What a handsome man and special time you must have had on that cruise. God Bless and keep you and your family in the coming days and months. I salute your Angel.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:44 PM

168. My condolences...(nfm)

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:46 PM

169. So sorry

I feel so sad to hear about the passing of your precious father. Your father looked handsome and vital to the end. I can only imagine how hard it is to say goodbye. Sincere condolences. My father is 93. I treasure every moment I have with him.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:49 PM

170. sympathy

I'm sorry for you. I always feel it's quite difficult during the holiday season.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:52 PM

171. My deepest sympathies. Sounds like he lead a

wonderful life and what a warm, endearing smile he had

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:25 PM

172. I'm so sorry for your loss..

My Dad is in assisted living also and he is doing well at age 94. It's so hard to lose our loved ones, whether they are two or four legged. I wish you much peace in the coming days and weeks as you mourn the loss of your Dad.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:16 PM

173. Our sympathies

Hard to lose someone so important in your life. And all the things he had seen, it must have been staggering. I Celebrate one who lived such a full life.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:24 PM

174. What a wonderful photo tribute and lovely words on your dad. I am

very sorry and wish you strength. My dad is in a similar situation right now. I sooo get it. Your dad seemed very nice. Cherish the memories.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:39 PM

175. thank you for sharing - a rich life indeed

best wishes

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:41 PM

176. I'm so sorry for your loss

It doesn't matter how old we are or they are we're just never ready to lose our parents.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:42 PM

177. Very sad news

I am sorry to hear about your father.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:47 PM

178. i'm so sorry - what an awesome man your dad was. nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:50 PM

179. I'm very sorry for your loss.

I lost my father at a very young age.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:55 PM

180. joeybee, my sympathy.

Your dad sounds like he was an interesting guy - I think that last photo is great. I hope you all had a great time on that cruise, he sure looks like he did!

My mom was born on August 15, 1919 - she died seven years ago...so she would have been 93, wow.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:34 AM

181. Ah.....joeybee...what wonderful photos! Sounds like a wonderful man. :)

:,) <------ smiling and misty eyed. You and your sister are so comfortable, draped over him. He must have been a very gentle kind protective father. How wonderful!!!!!

Wonderful tribute. Thank you....... thank you for letting us meet him...

Peaceful and happy trails

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:43 AM

182. Condolences...

but a also a toast to celebrate a great life -- cheers to your father. May he rest in peace. And may I recognize him and buy him a round in the afterlife.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:51 AM

183. My condoleneces, joeybee- sounds like your dad was a great guy.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:55 AM

184. I am sorry. There are no words. nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:30 AM

185. First your kitty and now your Dad.

You have my condolences, joeybee12.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:34 AM

186. I love that last picture

 

I'd love to be able to toast him! May God bless him, and you too!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:04 AM

187. condolences on the loss of your wonderful dad.

The pictures were so nice to see.

Your parents were an adorable couple and wow your dad looks in amazing shape at 90!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:23 AM

188. My sincere condolences. May his soul find it's peace.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:35 AM

189. I'm sorry for your loss.

My father died in 1995 at 89 years old. I still think about him often because he was my best friend. But he lives on in my mind and in my children.

Your father will live on in similar ways I'm sure.

My condolences.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:45 AM

190. Thanks Joeybee for sharing his story here.

I'm sure you guys gave him a lot of happiness.

Wishing him light on the path and hope you're ok.

aloha.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:51 AM

191. LOVE your story.

I'm so very sorry for such a loss.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:58 AM

192. I hug you. There was a generation. Time is your friend and so are we. Take care.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:59 AM

193. Congrats to him on a long life, well lived..

and condolences to you losing him.. It sucks when the good ones have to leave us..especially since the rotten no good bastards so vastly outnumber them, and seem to always be with us..

Thanks for sharing his life with us..

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:48 AM

194. Handsome group. Your Dad looked like he enjoyed his life to the fullest. My condolences.

Energy is never destroyed, just transformed between itself and matter and back again. or some such... Happy New Year.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:40 AM

195. Let him rest from his labors, for his good deeds go with him.

Much love to you, joeybee12.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:35 AM

196. Condolenses

I am very lucky. Both of my parents are still of this world and fairly well off health wise. I dread the day and know I will need my family, friends and DUers to make it through the loss. I hope your memories burn bright and you can bring yourself to have a great 2013 anyhow.

Kevin

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:36 AM

197. My deepest sympathies and condolences, joeybee12.

Sending warm thoghts and loving vibes to you and your family.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:00 AM

198. Blessings to your family.

 

Love the last shot of him just chillin' with a cold brew.

May peace be with you sir.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:00 AM

199. Love the last picture. Seems like a good guy. 93 is a good age, but your loss is still a big one.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:01 AM

200. I am sorry for your loss. Peace be with you and yours. nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:05 AM

201. A wonderful and very peaceful looking individual!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:18 AM

202. Here's to your Dad.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:27 PM

204. What a great tribute to a life well led

Lost my 88-yo dad in September, and he had a similarly well-lived life.

I hope your memories of him help sustain you through the rough days ahead.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:14 PM

205. Very sorry to hear

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:53 PM

206. So, sorry for your loss.

I haven't logged in for forever, but your story brought a tear to my eye. What a happy looking fellow your father is in that bottom picture.(very nice picture)

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