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From: Loving Daughter Lauren
Date: 02 Oct 2007
Time: 17:11:27 -0500
I just want to take a moment to thank you all for all these wonderful posts. It is so comforting to me to just visit the site and read all the things people had to say about him. Thank you all so much. I dont even know where to begin to explain the type of man my father was. To me he was just one of those people that cant be described. This was a man that many people came into contact with, many were friends with and many knew very well, maybe even longer than me. But few saw him through the eyes in which I saw him. I have always looked up to him and always will. If I can one day give my children even a small taste of the life that he offered I will be happy. He was so many things and, throughout his life, he experienced just about everything life had to offer. I have never seen someone accomplish so many different things (in both work and leisure) so well and then just walk away and say "ok time to go do something else now" and never even look back. No matter what he did, good or bad, he was always looking ahead. He was able to find joy and bring energy into every single aspect of his life. He could sit down to a meal and it would be the greatest thing he ever had in his life, in fact, sometimes he raved about it so much I would be embarrased! But as I grew older I found out that was what life was, appreciating every little aspect to its fullest and letting it be known that you did. I also began to realize it wasnt always just the meal, it was the people there with you, the surrouding, the entire essence of your being..and that was just going out to dinner with him! He was so much fun to be around all the time, even when he was a pain in the butt! There really was never a dull moment that's for sure. I had the honor of working with him for the last 3 years and even that was an adventure. There were days that I would sit in the office and start laughing at him for being so crazy and we both we just sit there and roar in laughter until we were blue in face. There were also times where we would give each other a hard time (I'm as heardheaded as he was). We would yell at each other and then two minutes later would be laughing or telling each other how much we loved each other or going on to the next big thing. He taught me more about life and business and family than I could have ever learned in a classroom, out of a book, or even out of my own life experiences. He taught me to be independent, energetic, loving of life, kind, caring...the list goes on. I am who I am today entirely because of my dad and my mom. I worshiped the ground he walked on he was my hero, my best friend, my mentor and most importantly, my dad. I dont yet know what I am going to do without him but I am able to get through the day knowing that he will always be right there next to me egging me on or telling me that I'm crazy. I hear his words in almost everything I do these days, they are so clear its almost as if he is right there. Now THAT is a presence! It has become clear to me that he may be gone but his spirit will never die. I strive to be the person he was, maybe just a little nicer as he would say. "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach"