Sunday, November 23, 2008

We Mourn The Passing…

This past weekend has brought my entire family to another major turning point in our lives…

At 3 AM on Saturday, November 22 my father passed away from lung cancer.  He was 82 years young and full of life until shortly after his diagnosis in July of this year.  He wanted so bad to beat this disease, but he never really had a chance…

I learned an awful lot from my dad when I was growing up… Although what I learned was never openly taught, I learned by watching how he lived his life… how he treated people and was willing to help when and where he could, even though he didn’t have the means to do much. He was a strict disciplinarian, but still very easy to have fun with.  We spent time camping, fishing and visiting relatives.  We almost always had a great time… Over the years, he took on the task of grandpa to his childrens children… a task he took great pleasure in.  He enjoyed watching them do whatever activity they were doing… taking them fishing… playing games… or just spending time with them.  And the kids loved him… they had him tied around their little fingers… They had many great times and laughs together.

Thankfully, I had plenty of time with him prior to his passing.  He lived with us for almost 3 weeks after his radiation treatments… at first he was full of energy and still very independent. We had a lot of time together each day… but he found it very hard to open up to me about his disease and the prognosis… mostly because he didn’t want to add to my burden as I continue my battle. But over time he became weaker and was finally moved into Palliative Care at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge.  We visited frequently and he enjoyed the company, although he really wanted to be at home.

All his children visited with him Friday night… I recieved a call shortly after 3 AM that he had passed away peacefully…

We are going to miss you dad…

Until next time…

Posted by John on 11/23 at 09:53 PM
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