My mom called me yesterday from the hospital with some terrible news. My father has suffered a massive heart attack and has passed away. My father was 67 years old and in relatively good health. He had suffered another heart attack 12 years ago but had really turned his life around after that event.
My father was a wonderful man who was loved by everyone that met him. He was the best father my brother or I could have ever asked for…. He was kind, loving and a gentle soul that loved life and always set a wonderful example for my brother and I. My brother and I loved him so much and we are going to miss him so much. Life just won’t seem the same without him and words can’t describe the sadness we all feel. He was a wonderful husband, friend and partner to my mother and they loved each other tremendously.
Update: (Nov 3, 2007)
Thank you to everyone who has called, written, and emailed with their condolences, thoughts and prayers. My family and I really appreciate the kind words, prayers, moments of remembrance and the wonderful stories you’ve shared about our father. We are all doing well, given the circumstances but all of the support we’ve received from friends and family has been instrumental in helping us deal with our loss.
A lot of you have asked about sending flowers and while we really appreciate the thought, I think my dad would have preferred a donation to further Parkinson’s research. My mom suffers from Parkinson and my dad wanted to see a cure for Parkinson in his and her lifetime. I don’t want anyone to feel compelled to do anything or give anything but if you want to send flowers, we would rather you donate to one of the many wonderful Parkinson’s research and support organization. I am rather partial to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and would encourage you to donate to help cure Parkinson’s.