The Mister gave a very special eulogy for his dad yesterday. I just want to immortalize it to honor my father-in-law. You’ll see through my husband’s words just how loved and missed his father already is, and how much of a rock he has been for all of these years. He lived exactly the way he taught. If anyone could truly say, “Do as I do” it would have been him. He lived in truth. He lived honestly. He lived kindly and generously. As some would tell you to do as they say and not as they do, that was not my father-in-law. He lived by example.
Everyone here knew my father in some way. There are many things I would like to say about him. I guess what matters is the kind of man he was and how he lived his life.
My father was a man of quiet inner strength who lived by a simple code.
“Be responsible; Live for your Family and Respect Others.”
My dad was never one to have others waiting on him. He did not want to be the slightest burden to anyone, but if a family member or friend needed him he would be there to lend a hand or a kind word.
He was a man of his word and always lived up to his responsibilities to family and friends.
As a boy I did not see my Father as much as I wanted to. I did not understand why he was away working so much. As time went on and I grew older I began to understand he was doing what he had to do to take care of us. He always put the needs of his family ahead of his own. He would get up at 5am every morning and go to work till midnight. He would even put in overtime whenever he could. He was determined to work as hard as he could every day to provide a good life for his family. The sacrifices he was willing to make for us showed me just how much he loved his family.
He believed it was very important to respect people. He always told me “Respect people while they are alive; show them in life because when they die it is too late, it doesn’t matter anymore.” He
treated both friends and family with respect.
Whenever he could he would take time to enjoy his family. He really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; they made him feel like he was new again even if it was just for a little while. He loved to watch soccer every Sunday and watch the news every night. My father really enjoyed working in his garden and watching it grow. He made friends very easily; he liked to listen to them and learn what he could. He always wanted to know more than he did the day before.
My Dad was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a good friend to those who needed him.
I’m very proud to have been his son. Our family was very blessed to have had him.
“In Life a man gives his best and then he moves on.” My Dad gave his best every day and now he has moved on to be with God.
My father was my family’s heart and he will always have a special place there that will never go away.
We will never forget you Dad, you’re the best.