Thursday, July 07, 2011

Heavy heart

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you all that my father passed from this life today. 
Rest in Peace, Dad, I love you and miss you. 
Dad as a teen
My Favorite picture of Dad - when he and mom were dating.
Dad and his three off-spring - 1966
Dad (circa 2000) 

I wrote on Facebook that he was my beacon and that I feel like the light is gone.  After a very tiring day and much reflection (the kind that makes you wish your brain had an off switch) I realized that the light is not gone, but rather has been handed to me, my brother and my nephew. 
I am hoping that we can show light with our actions and generosity as my father did.  While he had flaws and failings, he also taught me many good things.  Some of them I learned from his flaws, but many also from his love of people.  I know that he indeed shaped me into the person I am, for good or bad. 
Forgive these grief stricken ramblings of a man, who today, feels much older than his years.  For all of you that sent prayers and well wishes, know that  I sincerely appreciate them. 


I will allow comments on this post, but please understand that I will not be able to respond to them.
 I will be back in a few days or a couple of weeks (maybe sooner) with more of my quilty/artsy ramblings.  For now, peace be with you.  And continue those prayers for me and my family. 

37 comments:

sosarahsew said...

Thoughts are with you.

Donna said...

May God's love be with you and your family. You are in my prayers.

jennifer said...

Prayers for you and your family.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So sorry Gene to hear about your Dad. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Billie in TX

Sherry said...

My thought are with you. I lost my father 3 years on Fathers day I can still remember hte pain.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Oh Gene....I'm sending you the warmest hug. My heart is with you my friend.

Hugs,
Kelly

arlette said...

Gene... I'm so sorry for your loss... I'll be praying for you
Hugs

Karen H said...

So sorry for your loss...

JJ said...

So sorry about your loss. May you have peace and comfort in knowing he loved you and he is at rest.

Rhonda said...

As I said earlier, my prayers are with you and your family at this time.
One of my more restful or peace of mind verses is, "Absent from the body, present with Lord."

Patty said...

Sorry for your loss, a Dad's love is precious, hang on to the memories.

Barb said...

You are so right Gene, the light is in you....your dad lives through you and his legacy. He left behind a son that is generous, kind, good natured and amazingly talented and most of all he loved you....you have some wonderful memories and pictures. Will be thinking of you and praying for your strength to get through this and you will....

Tonya said...

I have been thinking about you all day wondering how you are doing. I am still praying for you. {{HUG}}

SewCalGal said...

Gene, I am truly sorry about your father's passing, but I'm sure he was very proud of you and you will carry on in his legacy of actions and generosity that reflect the spirit of the person. He was a remarkable man, as you are too!

I know this is not an easy time. If I can help in any way, please let me know. Chats, walks, hugs, spending time with friends & family are all good.

Hugs, big hugs.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

VeeV said...

I wish you strength!!!
Take good care!!!
xo
eva

Regina said...

Sending you hugs.

Tudy said...

Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Norma's Place said...

Many hugs for you and your family from here in Australia. I truly do feel your grief. Try and hang on to the good memories.

Tangos Treasures said...

((((((((((((Gene)))))))))))Sending Prayers!

Barbara said...

...may peace be with you as well, Gene.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Stray Stitches said...

Prayers and hugs for you and your family in this time of sorrow.

pj said...

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

geni said...

So sorry Gene to hear about your Dad.
My thoughts are with you and your family.

Edgar said...

So very sorry for your loss - keeping you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.

Sarah said...

Gene, i am so sorry. I am thinking about and praying for you and your family.

Sarah

Pokey said...

Having lost my daddy this past Christmas, and momma had died 3 years prior, I was left with a feeling of being an orphan...silly isn't it, as old as I am to feel that way? I will pray for comfort and peace for you, Gene, I understand that feeling of loss. hugs, pokey

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Amy said...

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

Heather said...

So sorry for your loss.

Christina said...

Oh Gene, my heart is with you. Take all the time you need. Be tender with yourself.

Kate said...

Gene, may the Lord be with you and your remaining family in a close and beautiful way.
Kate
Shetland Isles

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Extending my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Patti Williams said...

Gene, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Melissa said...

My sympathies, Gene. I see a lot of you in your father's face.

Vesuviusmama said...

I've been on vacation, so I'm really behind on reading blogs, but just wanted you to know that my heart goes out to you in your time of mourning.

Laurel H. said...

Gene, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you and your family during this time.