A heartbeat…

…that is all it takes. One heartbeat between life and death. He was a good man. He had a family. He loved the people in his life in the best possible way; by being there. This man was my Dad. I love him. He taught me to live, to be kind, to drive a car, change a tire, whistle like nobody’s business. All of the very best things that I am are because of him. He was my biggest fan and my most favorite companion. I get my singing talent from him. He loved a good laugh and horrible jokes. To me he will always be my SUPERHERO.

He could yodel and had a great Tarzan yell. He loved country (& Western) music and dabbled in turning a tune or two. He believed in a higher power and tried never to miss church. He was a good man. He had a wife and three daughters. He loved us with his whole being. My Dad never had much but was always ready to share what he could.

Over time my Dad lost many things, a daughter, a wife, precious siblings, memories he wanted to know. My Dad had vascular dementia. He never lost me. I had him in the palm of my hand. I protected and cared for him with everything I had. We made memories that will last me the rest of my life. My Dad passed away last night. There will never be a day that I won’t miss him. There will never be a day that I am not thankful for all the wonderful memories we made.

“You know that I love you Dad?” Yes, I know. I love you too, sweetheart.”

Go dance in the stars Pop… You are finally FREE!!!!assorted 014

 

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13 thoughts on “A heartbeat…

  1. Oh I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Tricia. It was clear that you had a special relationship and that he was the best of me. Thank you for sharing your visit videos with us on FB. They made my day.

  2. He was a good, good man and loved his family. Your eulogy is such a lovely tribute to him, Trish. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

  3. Very Sorry to hear this sad news. I loved seeing both of you at the store with Pop pushing the carriage in front of him. He reminded me of my Dad and I will miss his great humor. My prayers are with you. Ginger

  4. Oh Trish, I’m so sorry to hear this. I know how much you loved him. May you find comfort in the memories you have of him! 💔

  5. Oh Trish, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad! I know how much he meant to you. I pray that you find some confort in the memories you have of him 💔

  6. Trish…i’m so sorry and :giant: hugs. I had to go to a two-day conference down in Hyannis and when I got the message earlier today (when my phone had to be muted). Kind of a good thing as I would’ve lost it during one of the lectures. Your Dad was an incredible guy. Always happy…I don’t think i’ve ever seen him in a bad mood. Seriously giant hugs and I love ya tons…. ~your Cousin Mike

  7. I so enjoyed you sharing your adventures with Pop. I have a brother with dementia and I envied the time you got to spend with Pops. God Bless you for all you did to make his life happier. Love to you, Louise

  8. Trish, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Dad. You and he had such a sweet, beautiful relationship that spread warmth and happiness to those who were witness to it through your blogs and videos. I will always remember his love of song and yodel. Now he can sing with the Angels!

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