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Old 12-05-2008, 04:19 PM  
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My dad passed away this week

He died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 69, still young by today's standards. He suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, was overweight and wouldn't give up his cigars. He probably could have lived longer but he was stubborn. I can't blame him for that, he went out on his own terms.

I never knew my dad as well as I'd have liked. My parents divorced when I was still a baby and he stayed in Kentucky after we moved away. I generally saw him in the summers only. Still, I always liked him and loved him and was proud of him. He came from parents who didn't have enough education between them to earn a HS diploma and barely got one himself. He was wild and reckless in his younger days but eventually got his shit together enough to own a couple of very succesful businesses in the same town he grew up in. In later life he taught me some invaluable lessons. Some were about business but most were about life in general, about how to treat others and how to expect to be treated.

He was a very well liked and respected man and the funeral was evidence of that. Between the viewing and the funeral I estimate about 800 people attended. I have no idea how many of them - most of whom I didn't know - came up to shake my hand and tell me what a great man he was. A lot of them were customers from his bar. Maybe they owed him money. My stepmom and half siblings, who live there, had all thought maybe a couple of hundred people would come. It turned out there was a line around the building that lasted for three hours. Guess that's the result of treating people right and maintaining roots for a lot of years.

Anyway, I just wanted to say something about my dad and I figured The Planet was the place to do it. I could go on but I won't. Thanks for indulging me and the next time you see your dad, give him a hug.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:21 PM   #2
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Damn dude....sorry to hear that.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:22 PM   #3
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He sounded like a wonderful man. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:23 PM   #4
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Your dad sounds like the type of man that lived his adult years by the golden rule.
Treat others the way you would want to be treated. It sounds like your Dad was a good man.

I'm very sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:26 PM   #5
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Man-O-Man, RJ. I'm so incredibly sorry to hear this. Stay strong.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:27 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear it, man. It's rough.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:28 PM   #7
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:30 PM   #8
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Sorry for your loss. I have no idea what I'd do without my dad here.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:30 PM   #9
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I am sorry but congrats on your dad living his life way he wanted too
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:30 PM   #10
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RIP sorry for your loss. Hope you and your family are doing their best in this grieving period.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:31 PM   #11
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:36 PM   #12
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I'm feeling a lot better about the whole thing now than I was a couple of days ago. I guess maybe I just wanted to post something about him and to say that I was proud of him - probably because I never said it when he was alive. Not that he'd have expected me to, he wasn't that kind of guy.

He really was a great American story. Small town guy from parents who never got past 5th grade cause they had to work at home on their farms. This country has come a long way in a hundred years.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:36 PM   #13
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RJ,

Sorry to hear about your loss. That is a big step for any person. Hopefully I've got awhile before I have to bury anyone from my family.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:45 PM   #14
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800 people? That's quite a testament. If I died, I think I would be surprised if 8 showed up.

I'm sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:51 PM   #15
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It is great to hear that your father was so well respected and loved. Take that lesson and grow from it.

You, too are a good man, Mr. RJ.

Celebrate his life... and remember you can still talk to him.
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