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God’s gift to us was a slow death for my dad, it allowed each of us time to grieve and say goodbye.
Before Alzheimer's he used to call me and say Deirdre, this is your Fahtha,he could be so formal and then when I would ask him to pass the rolls he would throw them across the table. During Alzheimer's my husband called him "Smiley" because he was always smiling! The word most used to describe him was KIND.
He was the pied piper teaching all of us to play basketball, ice skate, water ski, horseback ride, you get the idea. Here’s the thing, it wasn’t JUST his kids he taught MANY kids! He took me, family and friends-a car load wherever we went- to experience FUN things like the Danbury State Fair, Playland at Rye Beach, Parrot Jungle, Monkey Jungle, Walt Disney World, concerts at Oakdale Musical Theater. And through his actions he taught us kindness and patience.
He woke us up one morning VERY early so we could stand inline at Ticketmaster to buy the maximum number of tickets allowed per person to Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour. He chartered a bus and about 20 of us took the trip to NJ to see that epic show, he didn’t go, he just wanted us to have that pleasure. Just like every summer weekend found him driving us and all of our family and friends around in the boat teaching everyone interested to ski and sail.
He did have a devilish side as well! He and his twin used to steal their dad’s car, my dad would sit on the floor and work the pedals while Jim stood on the seat to steer, they were 9!!!
One of the things people always comment on were his chocolate chip cookies, they went to every school every one of us attended. He liked donuts that a particular restaurant made so the owner bought him a donut maker and gave him the ingredients, soon he was making donuts and milk shakes made from chocolate the pharmacy owner would drop off as a present. Coffee cake, blueberry muffins, chocolate chip muffins were always being offered to guests and they LOVED them! He made each item with love!
My dad’s gift to us was love. He loved us unselfishly, his whole life was dedicated to service of others. Our homes were filled with friends and family every weekend! It seemed like every holiday was held at my parent’s welcoming homes and my dad LOVED it!
To copy from HIS father’s obituary these words apply to my dad as well: Religion and love of his fellow man were more than things to talk about at church.
To his neighbors who mourn, he bequeaths an example of upright living, family devotion, community spirit, wisdom and kindness. To paraphrase Shakespeare: He was a man, take him, for all in all we shall not often see his like again.
This is who Alzheimer's robbed me of....
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