Monday, October 13, 2008

July 29, 1922 - October 13, 2005

Today is always the saddest day for me. It is the day my Dad passed away.

Dad had non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He bravely battled it for 10 long years. The cancer came back for the third time in 2005 and Dad refused to be poked, prodded and used as a science project...he had indeed had enough.

As you can see by this photograph Dad was in the Army. Not once, but twice. He fought in WWII and it was one of his greatest, as well as, proudest acomplishments in life. Please, if you know a WWII veteran......thank him and do it today! They are passing away at an estimated rate of 1,000 or more a day. Time is running out for the "Greatest Generation". Ironically,the type of cancer Dad had is only found in 2% of the world population and is traced back to a virus that can be found in the swamp waters of Louisiana. This is where my Dad did his basic training before being shipped overseas. Life is strange, isn't it?

This is just a favorite picture of mine...I was young, Dad was young...but more importantly, Dad was still here. I miss him so......


basketsnprims said...

So sorry about your dad. That is something that we just never get over. ~ Pam

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I know just how you feel, dad's birhday was the 7th of this month, he's been gone for a while now, the name of my blog is in honor of him:)

Ellen and Miss Steph said...

Beth -

I miss him so much too...

My PaPa was the strongest - bravest - hardest working man I knew - with a kind - giving - gentle soul. No matter the distractions - he always put his family first. I miss him more than words can ever say.

Love, Ellen

Lauren said...

My grandfather past away last year on Oct. 24...this will be a tough year for us around here. So from one sad family to are in my thoughts. <3Lauren

Beehind Thyme said...

OH... honey I am so sorry... I lost my father in 1991, I was a daddy's girl... I know it is very hard. Please find comfort in God's arms.

I send prayers & thoughts your way, Hugs... Pamela

Terry said...

Bless your heart! I still have my daddy with me, but he is slipping away each time I call him. He lives in Iowa, and we're planning a trip soon to see him.
It's so hard to see brothers, grannies and papa's slip away, and we're still here missing them like crazy.
Sending a big hug to you!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Bless your heart! My Mama passed away 2 days after Christmas 2007, and shortly after we found out that my Daddy has terminal lung cancer and was given less than a year to live. You'd never know it to look at him or to see how he behaves. We have had 2 close calls where he couldn't breathe, but he bounced back after a short hospital stay. I can't even put into words how much I hate & dread facing this.
Sending you a hug & a prayer. Your Daddy sounds like he was an awesome man. I know you are proud of him. May your memories of him bring you comfort.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I pray that your feeling a little better today Beth.

Please stop over for a visit I've given you an award:)