I wrote a post about the accident and how much I miss him. He had a huge impact on my life and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him. Occasionally I go back and read the article that’s still on the Internet regarding how he was killed and the subsequent comments that were left. Some are regarding motorcycles and the danger in riding them, some are regarding harsher laws, most of those were written by strangers. But the ones I love the most are just friends and family leaving kind words about a man who would be and still is dearly missed.
As his daughter it’s easy for me to tell people how awesome my dad was. He was the greatest father I could have ever asked for. But of course, I’m biased. Sometimes it’s hard to see our parents as bosses, co-workers, friends, and spouses. We see them as a parent and even though I’d give anything to have him back, I love that I can read these comments and see the impact he had on other’s lives as all of those things.
These are a few of my favorites:
“The world has lost a great man in R. I had the honor to work with him over the years and a great example he set for others with his integrity and always positive outlook.” -A co-worker
“I guess it’s been 10 years ago I was fortunate and given the privilege. In all of that time, not even once did I ever doubt R as a man of conviction and devotion to his loving wife, his beautiful daughters, his sisters, his mother and his friends. He was a man of honor, a man who served his country with pride and belief. He mentored and taught all those who knew him in a way only he could. He was strong, decisive and dependable, when the time called for strong & decisive. And equally so, he was kind, caring and supportive, when the time called for kind, caring & supportive.
He was brilliantly quick witted or sometimes just outright hilarious. His eyes twinkled with happiness and pride each and every time he spoke about his wife and his daughters. He wasn’t the kind of guy who just blurted out his opinion; he was the kind of guy you asked for his opinion – out of respect. And he was also the kind of guy you could call at 3:00 in the morning for help, no questions asked, he’d go. To say he made the world a better place is an understatement, knowing him was one of those once in a lifetime “opportunities” we sometimes hear come knocking. To debate motorcycle safety in this trail of tribute to R is a moot point, what I wonder is why he was taken away so soon. Heaven’s already a great place, why couldn’t he stay in this not so great place with us just a little longer. We miss you R. ” -A friend
“The world lost, what the world needed on Sunday, an amazing person.” -A friend
Again on this anniversary, I ask you all to tell your loved ones, both family and friends, that you love them. You never know how much time you will get to spend with them. Cherish the time you have and be kind to one another.
B.o.B- I love reading your blogs. And I'm so sorry for your loss. I can see you are incredibly strong and from reading those comments I know where that comes from. I know today is a hard day but I hope it's a good one (:
Every year I feel so blessed to be able to be read/feel a piece of how much you love him. I did not grow up with a such a fatherly love as you and I just am always amazed how you grow. Your father is smiling greatly down on you!
If you've ever read anything I've written then you realize I'm not so good with the words… but I'll try. I read this post and then went and read your post from two years ago and I can't imagine what you've gone through. Sadly I feel like I do take for granted how lucky I am to have both parents from time to time. Thank you for reminding me to cherish the ones I care about. I too wouldn't be the person I am today without them. I'm sorry for your loss, and thank you for sharing the story of your life with us, the good, and the bad, every week. It's a joy to read 🙂
As someone who didn't grow up with a dad, I can't imagine what it's like to have one or even an amazing one like yours. I'm sorry he was taken from you so early. But know that you are amazing and he would be proud of you for following his footsteps of awesomeness! xoxo
I always read your blog but I had no idea about your dad. I'm so sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you. On April 25, 2009, my dad was riding a motorcycle and was hit head-on by a truck — an 18 year old kid rushing to prom. He barely survived. He spent about 100 days in the hospital, and it was 18 months before he could walk again. I know it's not the same as your situation but I kind of understand how you feel. Hugs and prayers to you and your family today.
I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁 Thank you for the reminder to not take loved ones for granted.
my heart, and thoughts are with you…xoxo
I am so sorry! Im glad you were able to cherish the time you did have with your dad.
I understand and Thank You.
With a smile and a tear……
With every moment that you celebrate his life, you honor him in his passing. Even more so just by being you! Sending big hugs your way Boo!
What a great tribute to your Dad. Keep on honoring his memory 🙂
I'm so sorry about your dad. Thanks for the reminder today.
It is not easy but notice what those folks said about Dad. Those are incredible and should make you proud.
I know its tough…..keep your heart open.
thanks for sharing – – a definite reminder to love the ones we love, and live every day to its fullest!