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Today is the day.

January 2014

My father’s funeral is today, so after this I promise some much more upbeat posts… However, combining the two is possible today – the funeral and upbeat.

We had the receiving of friends and family yesterday and after expecting a trickle of friends and family, we were happy to have the place packed, shoulder to shoulder, for three hours. There were plenty of condolences but many more laughs and remembrances of a great man, husband, father and friend. Even my last boss, now good friend, showed up. My buddy Brian came by for a time and even Canuck Steve and English Pete’s wife and kids (Pete is at a 10 day silent retreat, so pray for him!). Friends from the old neighborhood showed in waves, as did some family members. My mother-in-law and step father-in-law came down and stayed with us.

After the viewing we all, and the kids, went over to my sister’s house and shared pizza, salad and a whole lot of memories and laughs.

This has been better and more healing than I ever could have hoped. I am truly a blessed man.




  1. Paige says:

    Blessing to you and your family as you celebrate your father’s life.

  2. At times like this it is always best to celebrate the life and remember the fun times.

  3. AndrewGills says:

    He must have been a great man

  4. Sandra says:

    What a beautiful post. . . And what a wonderful way to celebrate your pop’s life. Life is a journey, but he will always be with you. The stories, the laughter, and even the tough times!

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