Sunday, January 24, 2010
We had to say a forever farewell to a beloved husband, father and grandfather this week. Mike's dad passed away on Tuesday with his family and beloved priest by his bedside. He had a long battle with cancer and a final stroke that took away his voice but not his spirit! I'm using the above picture because DadDad (what the boys called their grandfather) was ceaseless in his work. He did not rest when there was work to be done. There was always work to be done. Sometimes the work involved filming the likes of Johnny Cash and Mohammad Ali. His work included helping Vietnamese refugees find a place to live and teaching them English. If you needed help, DadDad found a way to help you. He made friends everywhere he went. Friends with the waitress, the innkeeper, the neighbor, the hitchhiker. There are not enough words to describe the life of this man. But, we will not remember him for his work as a tv producer or because of the stars he met, but because of the love he showed for all he met. You are truly an inspiration. We will miss you but your spirit lives on in everyone who you touched in some way. Thank you for sharing your life with us.