My father, whom I miss everyday, will never let me forget his larger than life personality, smile, and passion. I still see people that knew him and they tell me things that he did that influenced them in some way. He would be so proud to know that he made such an impact on this earth. I continue to wonder what I could possibly do to always show the world just how much he meant to me. I always knew how alike we were, but didn't realize how lost I would be without him here. He gave me a wonderful childhood; full of fun memories and, although he only spent a short 6 years with my children, he had such a profound impact on them as well. I will never let them forget him and how amazing he was. There will never be anyone like him in my mind and I love and miss him so.
Dad spent a lot of time in the sun fishing and doing things outdoors. He had some moles that were taken off years ago that were cancer. The doctor thought that he had removed all the cancer, but somehow it got through. He was told towards the end of 2008 that it had spread. He was very brave and tried to fight it with interferon. It worked for a short period of time, but in 2009 he was given 6 weeks because it had reached his brain. He died at home with my mom holding his hand; and me there with her. That day will never leave my mind.