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Monday, August 11, 2003
Submitted by Ashley as a tribute to Steve.

Well Daddy, It’s your birthday again. From the infant months of changing my diapers, to the toddler years of pulling me around in that little red wagon that Granddaddy gave me, to the preschool years of coming to all those programs at the church showing my progress of what I’d recently memorized, to the Elementary School years of buying lunch meat so I wouldn’t have to eat that awful pizza in the cafeteria, to the Middle School years of spending hundreds of dollars just so that I could “keep up with the latest trends” and running me and my horses all over the East Coast just so I could be the youth points leader in North Carolina 3 years in a row, to the High School years of putting up with all the infamous boyfriend drama and wiping my tears when I had to sell my horse so I could have that BMW, now to the College years as you sacrifice your retirement so that I can pursue higher education and slipping me those $20 when I’m running a little short – you’ve given me 110% of yourself. I am so thankful that I’ve never had to remind you to straighten up, because you’re leading me. You’ve shown me how to gain respect in this life. You’ve taught me about the things that are out of our hands, like who we fall in love with and when it’s time to go. I know that I can face anything because I was privileged to be born a Martin, efficient and strong. Thank God that your blood is my blood because I want to be as successful as you. I don’t worry about my future because I know that if I question anything in this life, I can come home to the support and advice that I have always trusted and respected. I know you feel like you are getting older, but for a construction guru, you should look at your age like this: when coal is buried under the Earth, the first year, it’s just a piece of coal. After the second year, it’s still a piece of coal. But after 50 years, that piece of coal begins to transform into the world’s precious stone – a diamond. Throughout the years, I have learned that you are the best judge of character, the perfect fan, an efficient honest employee, the backbone of our family, the foundation of our home, and to Momma and me, our diamond. I love you Daddy and pray for God to give me the knowledge to only love you better.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Submitted by Brian L. Bradford as a tribute to Leroy M. Bradford.

I could write for days about my father. We have certainly had good times and bad for my 30 years of life. I just lost him on Friday, June 20, 2003. I am so glad that there were no issues that precluded us from hugging each other every time we saw each other, or saying I love you every time we spoke on the phone. I thank him for his unconditional love, despite his human condition. He was a man who, although humble in secular standing, had the right idea about what life on this side of eternity was all about. He absoulutely lived for his family. He raised and was proud of his sons. He loved all of his family, and would pray for them, and brag on them every chance he would get. I love him, and I love who I am because of him. I feel like he is there with me all the time, so it is still impossible to imagine life without him. But he gave me his laugh, so everytime I do, he will be on my mind. I love my Dad so much. As we pay our last respects to him this weekend, I pray that he is enjoying renewed life and strength and happiness with our Heavenly Father. I love you Dad, and I miss you! --Brian

Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Submitted by Paul Bottse as a tribute to Pa Bote 'aka' King Kong.

Outstanding, this is the time I think of how I was brought-up. No sorrows and head aches a wonderful youth and how my Dad worked for others to provide them with what he could miss. My father always said to us I am here for you night and day, the unfortunate and less privillaged need my other attention (happiness and financial support). He was a great man and carried two names. Pa Bote (local language father Bottse) for most young ones and King Kong (father the movie) for the one that had respect for him. He past away in 1990 which was a important year for me and major change in my live. As a normal human being, he is more missed now than ever, just my little story.

Monday, June 16, 2003
Submitted by Charles as a tribute to Hugo .

You have given me so much that it would be impossible to list all of it here. why do I love you. The reasons all put together by a painter would produce the most beautiful picture that has ever been painted. The qualities in this painting would attract compliments from around the world. The painting would be the envy of the world. Everyone would want this painting.

I love you Charles

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Debi/ClassyInVA as a tribute to Mack/BD.

Dear Mack, You have been so much like a Father to me. A shoulder, heart friend and confidante. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I thank God for you always. May your own children understand the precious gift they have in you...as I do. And may you know overflowing blessings, and the love I hold for you. You're One Awesome BD (Big Daddy). Your LB

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Debi/ClassyInVA as a tribute to Dad/Sam.

Dear Dad, for all the help you always were, for loving me unconditionally, for being an example I can hold high to live by (even as a daughter), for being the most awesome provider, father, friend and helper. For strong shoulders and being the one man in my life that loved me no matter what...I love you. I will always miss you, until one day when we can reunite with our Heavenly Father. I pray every day that He take good care of you for me. I know He is. If you're reading this and you have your Father in your life...take every single moment to let him know what he means in your life. I praise God that I did. Just 3.5 years of loss but you NEVER get over it. God Bless All Fathers.

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Cerene Adrienne as a tribute to Don LeCouteur.

My father has been my first best friend since I can remember. He has always been there for me when I needed him the most. And when I came out and met my wife, Kristen and left my husband for her he was totally supportive. We share everything and have a solid relationship. He also raised me on his own.

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Michelle as a tribute to Daddy.

It's been slightly over two months since you passed at the young age of 62. It's my first Father's Day without you. It's still hard to imagine that you're gone. I will always honor you every day of the year by living my life the way you did your own. You were honest, hard-working, loving, loyal, giving, supportive, kind, generous and understanding. You're the best daddy in the world! You were a friend to so many, an enemy to no one. I will always carry you close in my heart, the same place you were when you were here on Earth. I know you watch over me still, an angel watching over us all. I promise to take care of the family for you. My only hope is that you knew how much you were loved by me and by all before you passed. Happy Father's Day, Daddy.

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Cleo as a tribute to Ed Ross.

To the best fishing buddy around these parts, Thanks Daddy for all you have done for me and thank you for being. I don't tell you enough how much you mean to me and my family. Words could never say enough, I love you Daddy, Love Sissy

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by serenityrain as a tribute to timpthy russell .

Something went wrong with you dad between the whisky, the pot, all your 'bitterness' and that woman you call 'someone you love.' You've rejected your brothers, sisters, your mom on her death bed and now your kids and grandkids. You KNEW you were never there for us, you knew that my brother and my eyes were made MUCH WORSE through our childhood because you didnt care to get us glasses. You Didnt care if we had clothes or food and we struggled on 15 dollars a week per kid and lived of can goods from churches and garage sale clothes while you drunk up your shisky and made trips to sturgis. You KNEW that we had been molested, but you were too drunk and consumed to remember my mother telling you. But all the while I loved ya dad. When I was pregnant at 15 you told me to have an abortion and I told you 'but i love this baby!' and you said, "how can you you dont even know it!' Only later on when my uncle...your brother coerce me into giving the child to him, did you want something to do with my son. But I still loved ya dad. When my son was a yr (before the adoption took place) and I called you to tell you my son and I were hungry and homeless, you said, 'I cant help you!" and hung up the phone, LEAVING ME ONCE AGAIN OUT IN THE COLD, but I still loved ya dad. When you seemed to care more about 'how I looked because you wanted to SHOW ME OFF as your beautiful daughter...than WHO I WAS, I still loved ya dad. When you stayed in your RV instead of joining us in christmas dinner...I still loved ya. When you didnt call me for 6 weeks after I was married and then complained the poem I wrote about my marriage and my (step)father giving me away...was 'rejecting you', even though nothing seemed to ruffle your feathers until calling STEP DAD a dad...but you didnt even care to make your presence known for the most blessed and beautiful day of my life. I still loved ya dad. When you were here in my home I asked if you wanted to watch the ceremony. 'You didnt have time for it.' When I thought I was pregnant during that same time, you told me I was too old (32) and I should have an abortion. TWO YEARS LATER and I AM pregnant...only a few days along...and you say again how I am too old to have a kid and if I EVER WAS pregnant I would need an abortion. I ended up with a tubal pregnancy and nearly died. But you didnt care, you wouldnt even answer your phone. I feel that you cursed my child and my motherhood with your 'bad words'. But I STILL loved you. When you called my mother a whore and said I was crazy just like her, I defended my mother and you still called me crazy, but I STILL LOVED YOU. When you called my sister a stuck up bank bitch, I loved you. When my brother cried to me , 'why doesnt dad love us.' I loved you. When my niece, your granddaughter, asked, "why doesnt papaw love us?' And I had to explain to her, "he just isnt right in his head sweetie.' "He just loves those people who live in his house." She said. I cant argue with that. But we ALL still loved you. When you refused to see your mother on her death bed...a death bed of cancer and extreme pain, Grandma prayed and worried and WISHED for you to be by her side....to be by your kids side...to be by your grandkids side....to stop being so angry and hateful and unforgiving to whatever it is that plagues you. When I called 2 months ago I left a message saying, "we all miss you dad." No response. When I called last weekend after meeting my best friends father who reminded me very much of my OWN father, but NICE AND KIND AND GENTLE...the way I remembered how you were when I was 4....when I called you and said, "dad?" You hung up on me. I always loved you. Yes, I have hated you...but I have loved you. AND ON THIS DAY I would like to remember how it was when I was a little girl, when I was your 'little girl' and we'd go camping and to the lake and watch seseme street or build snow horses and snow men in the snow....thats the way I want to remember you. I want to remember how you gave me the gift of loving music and expanding my spirituality....thats the way I choose to remember you. I choose to remember that I had fun with you the first 6 yrs of my life. At least I had that. I send healing out to your soul and may GOD get you away from all that bitterness and hate and bring you 'home' to your family again. Love, your biological daughter.

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Rick as a tribute to Richard Elwood Cleveland.

I've now been a father for almost 16 years and I'm grateful for my own father for raising me and being the example he is to all of us as his children. I know I find myself constantly reflecting back on that which you, dad have passed on to me. You helped me discover God and His role in my life and that we need His help always, just like you've always been there supporting and loving me along the way. I hope that I can be to my children what you are and always will be to me, a man of integrity. All my love youor oldest!

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Charles Leroy Moreland as a tribute to Chester Leroy Moreland.

Thanks Dad for the spankings that you gave us when we were kids. I know know that it must have been hard for you to do and that you believed you were obligated by your position as head of the family to discipline in this way. I am thankful they were spankings and not whippings or beatings as some kids were and still are subjected to. I'm thankful that attitudes have changed and I don't have to feel guilty about never having spanked any of my kids. Having been spanked and knowing it did nothing to change my mind about anything, I knew it was not a great tool for teaching. It didn't stop me from giving the boys a quick thump on the noggin a few times when I thought they needed it. Turns out that's not such a great idea either. I guess as fathers we do what we believe is best for our babies and just pray real hard that our best efforts will pass the test of time. Thanks again for the spankings Dad. I'm fairly certain my brother and sisters and all your grandkids will agree, we were fortunate to have you for a Dad. Love, as always, your eldest, and wisest. See! I still have an attitude problem. Love you Dad.

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Kimberly S. Whitten as a tribute to Delma R. Whitten & Wayne F. Gaddis.

Both of my dads have passed over, but not a day goes by that I am not a part of them. One my biological father, the other my nurturer, but both influential in all that I have become up until now and into my future. For those of you who are still blessed with their fathers...PLEASE don't miss an oppurtunity to tell them you love them and YOU would not be here if they hadn't helped the process ;-) ALL YOU FATHERS OUT THERE---HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Jeff as a tribute to Mack.

Here I am, old wordsmith me, speechless trying to let you know how often and how violently I've cried these four years since you've been gone. We'd never told each other we loved each other, never really hugged, never broke past the formalities and the normalities of father-son logistics until those last three months when I lived with you and took care of you while you were wasting away and dying of liver cancer. Yet we never really needed to say "I love you" because our actions and our lives spoke volumes more than words. You taught me how to be a major league ball player from when I was in diapers. You taught me how to handle the ocean too, also when I was in diapers (remember when I fell off the paddleboard in the middle of Newport Bay when I was about two? You dove three times frantically trying to find me in thirty murky feet of water, and you did, Dad, you did, on the third dive, at the very bottom of the Bay. I was holding my breath waiting for you, knowing and trusting you'd save me).

Mack (I think I can call you that now, by that wonderful Irish given name that Mom so didn't understand - "How could anyone name their baby 'Mack'?" - as your friend and as your brother, having gone beyond just being your son), do you know that everyone, and I mean everyone, said exactly the same thing when I called to tell them you had finally re-joined your Mom and Dad, which was: "Everybody loved Mack!"?

You gave and gave and gave and gave and gave and gave, and never once took. Weeks with Jim in recovery. Years with Little League, even President while juggling for sons and a wife named Marion.

You were also an absolute genius whose first act of the day was to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink and in less than half an hour, then you spent the entire remainder of the day trying to convince everyone you were just a simple Iowa farm boy (an odd mixture of genuine humility and an ingenious way of avoiding even more responsibilities because you were always overburdened (well, I should say, self-overburdened) and simply couldn't do any more than you were doing (not for you, Mack, but for others)...bailing Johnny out of trouble and out of jail to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars over the course of forty years...tolerating quietly and selflessly the hours and hours and hours Bill and I destroyed pianos...tolerating quietly (well, usually) and selflessly Marion's foibles, follies, and, need I remind you, her faults...

Thanks, Dad, Mack, I love you and I still cry.

Jeff

I'll always remember the day you

Sunday, June 15, 2003
Submitted by Lisa as a tribute to Robert.

I miss you so much dad! I can't believe it's 21 years since you left to be with the angels. Not one day goes by that I don't think of you! Wishing you could be here to see your 3 grand children whom you've never met, and your new great grand daughter.

Of all the people in the world who could have adopted me that cold november day in 1967, I'm glad it was you! You were one of a kind and no one could ever compare. I love you, Dad, and wait for the day I will be with you again! Happy Father's Day!!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by April May Ziemer as a tribute to Dennis Ziemer.

Taking a few more steps, I relised that nothing looked even remotly familier to my eyes. Walking further down the dirt path I looked at the trees, rocks and even the hills to find something that tell me what I wasn't thinking was not true. But I knew it was, I was defintly lost. With my heart jumping all over my insides I tryed to calm down my nurves. Remebering what my dad had told me to do in case I got lost like this. He would smile and say, "now remeber, if you get lost find a tree and stay there, don't try to find your way back by retracing your steps, you will only get lost deeper into the wilderness." So I took a breath and did exactly that, I found a tree and stayed next to it. After of what seemed like hours of sitting on the hard ground, next to a tall pine tree, crying, I herd a dog barking off in the distance. standing up I whiped my face from tears, as a man on a horse followed by a large black dog came up to me. Without letting him talk I blurd out... Have you see my dad, he is tall, has a beard... He interupted me, "He is not far behind me", he said with a smile. Sure enuff I see me dad in coming down the dusty path. By now the tears had come back as I moved as fast as I could to my father, to give him the bigest hug he has ever got. Dad then smiled at me and asked if I was Ok, I nodded my head, gave him another hug and said yes, but I didn't know where you were.. I.. Dad gave me another hug making me feel no longer lost. He and I then hiked back to the enterance to the wilderness were the rest of my family was waiting for dad to return with there lost daughter.

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Punkins as a tribute to Daddo.

YOu never really had much time for us, you were always busy working or golfing, but i loved you, you are my dad. I know that you didn't really know much about what was going on in my life but I didn't care because you are my dad. There were certain times that were very special and now i remember them so faintly because you don't want to be around anymore, but that's okay because you are my dad. A little over year ago you had some trouble and I helped you out, because i love you and you are my dad. You didn't even care how much that affected me and my unborn child. Now I am a mom and you don't even want to see the little child that I am most proud of, it's not okay anymore and if you were my dad, you would be here. Tomorrow is Father's Day and I won't be calling to say "Thank you", for the thanks would be for things from many years ago and actually, those are the things you were supposed to do because you are my dad.

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Carolyn as a tribute to Red.

It has been almost 13 years, and I still Miss You so much everyday Daddy. I wont to Thank-You for being the Best Daddy, Husband"To Momma", and GrandPaw to Your GrandKids. I have the fondest Memories that I will always hold so close & dear to My Heart of You.. I am So Proud Of You, Love You, Honor You for Whom You Were & For Serving Our Country in the Navy for 21 Years. I thank-you also for all the Wisdom You left behind for Me, for which I have used in rasing My Children.I Thank-You for taking Me to Church, and leading Me To Christ.. If Not for God, I have felt that I could no longer go on Without You. As I held Your Hand in the Last Hours of Your Death, I Treasure the loving Words You Gave Me & The Strength that seemed to Come Inside MY Soul as You took Your Last Breath.. One Of My Last Words to You was,I would see You in Heaven. I will Keep That Promise Daddy. I Have So Much Faith, Strength & Love, and Wisdom that has came after You Passed, that I use each&every Day.Without God, I felt so many times that I could no longer go on, but I have Prayed and as time went by, I have been shown the way and I look forward to being with You again in Heaven when My Days on Earth are Trough. I Honor You Daddy, Miss You Dearly, Love You Always&Forever&Will See You In Heaven.. All My Love, Your LiLRedHead

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Elaina as a tribute to Anthony.

roses are red violets are blue sugar is sweet and so are you

You are so sweet you always let us have something we want!!! and i always like to play wrestle with you (sometimes i win)!!!! i always miss you when you're at you job ! but I always have to wait !!! and you always have to be picky of something but I will always love you forever!!!!!!!! Daddy I want to thank you for all you done and you always have to do something first when we get something new!! And when me and ellie start to chew our nails, you do something to us to make us stop !!!!! and we all want ya to know that my dad is the greatest in the world!!!!! Dad's sometimes have problems because of us and girls because their to girlish and boys are to boyish !!!!! I know your kid's love you but your parents love you !!!!!! sometimes I'm a brat but my dad he always try to do something for me to feel better !!!!! and that's why i liove my dad!!!!!!!!! My dad is like a hero to me !!!!! I love my dad because he's strong he has strong soul and because i believe him all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Elise as a tribute to Anthony.

Daddy, I don't really always show how much I appreciate you, but I do. You sometimes do things that really get under my skin but, that can never take away the love I have for my dad! If you were gone, or if the Lord took you I would probably be the worst big sisters to have around, with the kind of attitude I would have!! I would regret everything I did to upset you! Thank you for sticking around and I pray you will be here for quite a while, May God Bless Your Soul, Your eldest, Elise C. Padilla

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Leoni & Nicole de Wert as a tribute to Bruce de Wert.

Thank you for being our Dad, for always being there when we have needed you most. Thank you for encouraging us to try new things and think for ourselves. Thank you for the happy, warm memories of your lulling us to sleep, rubbing our cov-covs on our faces or through our toes, and the endless games of rough 'n' tumble. For all these reasons, and many more, thank you for being our Dad. Love, your daughters.

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Angelica as a tribute to Collin.

Dad, wow i have so much to say to you! I can't even begin to put into words what u mean to me! Even though I don't always show that I care and love you i do! You're so awsome and I could not ask for a better dad! I never forget to wear that braclet you got made for me that says " To my princess" "love dad"! It means the world to me and I show it off to everybody because I am fortunate enough to have a dad as caring and loving as you! You're always there for me! This doesn't even begin to say what you mean to me but if you ever feel like I don't love you or if you feel like you're losing me just remember "I Love You," and I will always be you're princess! Have the BEST Fathers Day EVER!!!!! Love always ~n~ 4ever, You're Princess

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Chasity as a tribute to Derek .

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to the best DADDY in the world,I know I take alot of time and care, and you stayed with me night and day thru all the hospital time, learned how to care for me properly, and have even managed to SPOIL ME, "Mommy says that alot-but its because im your LIL PRINCESS" I LOVE YOU DADDY! HAPPY FATHERS DAY!! YOUR CHAS...

Saturday, June 14, 2003
Submitted by Vicki DeLuca as a tribute to Kenneth R Mabrey.

This is the second fathers day without my dad, this one seems harder seems its sunk in. I still don't understand why he had to go, I still need him so much, how much our family has changed its sad. What a man you were dad, how much i miss you, I will try to be ok this weekend, and do what you said but its not easy, going on. I love you dad even though your gone, I still love and miss you so much. Daddys girl, and your buddy~ with all my heart and love

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Jeannie as a tribute to Rob Jones.

Rob is a wonderful dad to both our 5 yr old and our 7 months old. He works the swing shift so we could both work and not use day care, he wakes up after 3 hrs of sleep to take care of our 7 months old while I get ready for work, he is never grumpy and he always takes the time to read to her. I saw him take a splinter out of my 5 yrs old foot one day, then as our son asked if he would take one out of his stuffed bear's paws, so he gently did the same with the bear. I knew he was in a hurry but not once did he let my 5 yr old know he was impatient to go, but took the time to listen and act. When I see my husband read to both of the children in his loving, gentle voice, as they both sit on his lap, one on each side, I realize we have the best daddy in this whole wide world. I am a very lucky women.

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Diane as a tribute to Tim.

My Dearest Tim: As Father's Day 2003 approaches, I want you to know how much I enjoy watching you with all of your children. You are an incredible father to your children, and an incredible step-father to my daughter, Monica. In all different kinds of situations, I truly enjoy watching you with them -- whether it's talking with them, giving them advice, offering words of encouragement, listening to them, helping them solve a problem or work through a situation, watching TV with them, playing games with them or praying with them, you're an awesome father. Your love for all of them is so apparent in everything you do, and their love for you is just as obvious and wonderful to see. You give your whole soul to every one of them, and they benefit so much from that and your devotion to them. My only regret is that we weren't able to have children together -- but being your wife and your childrens' step-mother is as close to heaven as I can envision. As a father, husband, lover, friend, adviser, confidant or any other role I can imagine, you are the best. I love you with all my heart, and I always will. Your wife, Diane

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Bub (Gerald Philip) as a tribute to Dad (Gerald Eugene).

It's been 3 years since I could hold you and tell you I love you... smell your aftershave and feel your whiskery cheek against mine, but you are in my heart just the same. I would like to thank you for not only teaching me all those wonderful things - the art of bbq, fishing, working on cars, loving each other - but for sharing them with my son too. You didn't have to rely on me to send it to the next generation, you made the deal yourself. We both miss doing things with you and enjoying what we have accomplished. I love you, Dad, and Dylan loves you too. Happy Father's Day from the two of us...

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Lynn as a tribute to John Goodnight.

I miss you, Daddy. Love, your little Pooh

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Dawn as a tribute to Al Larson.

Dad, where do I begin? You have been a great friend over the last few years and much more. You are a wonderful Grampie to Alan and for that I thank you! Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Alan as a tribute to Al Larson.

Thank you, Grampie, for always spending time with me. I love watching the race with you on race day and I love sitting in your lap when Mommy makes me a bottle before I have to go to bed. Happy Father's Day, Grampie! Love, Alabama

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Ricky as a tribute to Al Larson.

Dad, you have been there for me - ALWAYS! No matter what I did, you were there to comfort me. I'd be lost without you. You are the best dad in the world and I hope that I am able to return the love and comfort you gave me. Love always, Ricky

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Larry as a tribute to Al Larson.

Dad, the name means so much - a best friend, someone who's there for you no matter what. Dad, you are my best friend and I love you so much. You're always there when I need you. I just hope that I can be as good of a dad to my kids, as you have been to me.

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Charlanne Thompson as a tribute to John Richter.

Let me begin by saying this tribute is to a man who is not actually my "real" dad. He is my step-father and the best dad any girl could have ever hand picked. I never knew my biological dad but my mom married a man that was (and still is) my DAD. I have many happy childhood memories: Saturday night's at the drive-in with the family loaded into the car, along with the lawn chairs and homemade kool-aid and popcorn - Dad helping me build the best snow fort in the neighborhood - the beautiful Christmas decorations he made for our house - huge "weinie" roasts in the backyard - the wonderful tree-house he built for me and my brother and sister - and many, many more. I love you DAD. Your daughter, Char

Friday, June 13, 2003
Submitted by Donald as a tribute to father.

Thank you for leaving my Mother when I was 8 years old and leaving her with all the bills. Thank you for hitting my Mother and my brother and I. thank you for all the pain that you caused in our lives. I will see you in hell.

Thursday, June 12, 2003
Submitted by Kailen Bradley as a tribute to Kelvin Bradley.

My mommie is typing this for me and I understand this will show up on the computer for my daddy. So I want to tell him Happy Father's Day and thank you for helping me learn how to rollerblade and always remembering to put on my helmet and knee pads.

I love You, Kay-Kay

Thursday, June 12, 2003
Submitted by Cleo Rogers as a tribute to Eddie Ross.

My Dad taught me a lot in life, like how to fish for trout, striped bass, crappie, blue gill, he taught me how to ride a bike and how to drive a car, but of all the things he taught me, the lessons I'll never forget, is how to love unconditionally, how to live in the moment, cherish your family and friends, and how to catch my own dinner. I love you, Daddy. Forever a Daddy's Girl, love and kisses. Happy Father's Day. Cleo

Thursday, June 12, 2003
Submitted by Tina E. as a tribute to Michael C..

My Dad ...... hmmm in one word........incredible! I Love You Dad ! Happy Fathers Day from all of us!

Thursday, June 12, 2003
Submitted by LaCrysta S. & Charlie P as a tribute to Charlie W. & Dean V..

We would like to say thanks to our dads for all of their hard work they do for us. I always wondered what it would be like to have 2 dads & now that i have 2 - a real one & one who is like a dad to me. I think it is wonderful.

Once again Charlie & i would like to say thanks to our dads for all the hard work that they do for us We love you guys

Thursday, June 12, 2003
Submitted by A Father & Grandfather as a tribute to Dad.

If I could do it all over again

I would love unconditonally, encourage continually, Listen more and talk less, Pray continuously.

I would lead by example, love by default and discipline when necessary.

I would make, take and prioritize my time to put my family first.

I would confess my faults and weakness's ask for forgivenesss early and go on.

I would tell my Dad I love him very much and not wait until it is too late.

Thursday, June 12, 2003
Submitted by Chrissy as a tribute to Al Larson.

To me, what makes an ordinary man a dad, is his willingness to put his family first. And not only to put them first, but to do it lovingly. We have never felt like a burden to my dad; he has always let us know that he feels blessed to have been given the responsibility of being our dad. And he has always accepted that responsibility with kindness and joy. He is the man by which all others are measured - and found lacking. Thank you, Dad, for being you. I love being around you. Love, Chrissy

Thursday, June 12, 2003
Submitted by Njoku Charles Paul Cajetan as a tribute to Njoku Charles Anosike Jeremaiah.

Being the only son amidst four sisters, Dad, you didn't allow me to be spoiled. I grew up knowing you, Papa, as my brother. You were the only brother that I ever had. Although I can no longer see you or talk to you, please accept my thanks and appreciation for all the wonderful things that you have been doing for us since your departure.

Dad, your gift to me in April 2000 I didn't know was to be the last gift that I'll ever receive from you! Wow, Dad.

We love you and are proud that we had you as our dad. On earth as it is in heaven, Dad, happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Submitted by Nadia and Nicole as a tribute to Bassam.

Thanks a lot for always being there for us. Thanks for always helping us with projects and never giving up on us. Without you I couldn't have done my piano recital. You gave me courage to overcome my fears, and just have fun with life! Becuase everyone only has one life, so why not just live it to the fullest? So, thanks again for being the greatest dad in the world!! :) Love, Nadia and Nicole

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Submitted by Nadia as a tribute to Bassam.

Dear Dad, Thanks for always being there for me, Never giving up always saying "Try to understand problems, don't try and memorize." Fun, caring and special, willing to help anyone even at 12:00 midnight! Thank you dad for never giving up on me and always telling me to overcome certain fears of mine :) p.s. I did it! I can do anything now! I can speak in front of 1000 people, you gave me the courage to do anything!

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Submitted by Jana as a tribute to George.

Dad, this will be my first Father's Dad without you. I still miss you with all my being, although I know that you are in a much better place. It has been a rough year without you. So many thing have happened that I wish you would of been here for. Your grandaughter is 11 now and misses you so much. We love you.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Submitted by Connor & Benjamin as a tribute to Stuart.

We love our Dad loads as he is really silly and makes us laugh, he takes us swimming and playing football. Our Dad is the best Dad in the world.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Submitted by Roberta J. Magee as a tribute to Frederick W. Magee.

It was 11 years ago on May 31st that my Father became a grandfather for the first time and he had also turned 47 on the same day. Two to three weeks later, my ex-husband and I brought our son Gabriel Issac Johnson to meet his grandfather for the first time. The minute I introduced Gabriel to my father, I saw a very special bond of grandfather and grandson like never before.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Submitted by Christi Littlefield as a tribute to James Vincent Delaney.

IN LOVING MEMORY... I COULDN'T HAVE CHOSEN A BETTER DAD THAN YOU! AT YOUR WAKE A FELLOW CO-WORKER OF YOURS TOLD ME HOW YOUR SUPERVISOR HAD TO LET YOU GO HOME EARLY THE DAY YOU GOT WORD THAT MY ADOPTION HAD BEEN APPROVED, YOU WERE SO BUSY HANDING OUT CIGARS AND SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS THAT YOU WEREN'T GETTING ANY THING ELSE DONE! WHAT A GREAT STORY THAT WAS TO HEAR AT SUCH A SAD TIME. LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU...XOX

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Submitted by sandra madden as a tribute to oliver w. madden.

I remember Daddy's little quirks: the minstrel show line, "Who dat say who dat?" that he called out when coming home, his monologues about life that ended with "Everybody has to work out his own salvation" or "It's all cut and dried" or some other moral, the paper money shaped like an "M" that he handed out as a calling card, his goodnight to us "toad frogs" at the end of the day. Daddy liked to build things, which he often did in his real estate business. From backyard swings to houses, he built without manual, blueprint, or computer. He must have been a genius at handy work, but Daddy's greatest genius was in parenting. A steady presence, he knew exactly when to intervene and when to let things be, helping us become resilient and self-reliant. Daddy also guided by example. Reliable, honest, dependable, trustworthy -words that describe a virtuous person - apply to Daddy. By his example, I've tried to live; he was and is my greatest role model.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Submitted by Daquana, Thomasina, LaThomas as a tribute to Thomas.

Dad, we want to say Happy Father's Day Dad, you are the best dad anyone could ever have thank you for being a loving and caring husband to our loving mother but most of all we will like to say thank you for being a father to us.

love you always........................ and it will never leave us

Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Submitted by michelle coggon as a tribute to Efren Deluso.

I never had a clear memory of my Dad but there's only one thing am sure of..."he loves me so much," and until now I am so sure that he really does. I grew up without him on my side, for he and mom are seperated. I never know the reason why they decided to separate.

It was so hard growing up without him; I'm always insecure. I always cry at night time, asking why I have a broken family. I'm always jealous of other kids who play with and go shopping with their dads. I'm jealous that I don't have a father who will defend me from bad boys. I'm jealous that I don't have a dad to cry with when my heart is broken. Most of all, I feel so bad that I don't have a father who walks with me down the aisle when I marry the man I love. I'm always wondering why, something is missing ... and I know that it's my father's presence. It's really hard growing up without a him... but, though it is, I still struggle to live a normal life. A life with so much challenges and life with so much inspiration. Inspiration that keeps me alive and gives me more strength and that's my Papa! I know that its not his fault that we are a broken family. I know that he loves me so much, because the last time I saw him, I look straight in his eyes and see the agony of his heart. The pain of not being with me with us . . . through all those times of our growing. I know that he loves me so much because I always feel his presence though we are away...and i know that he loves me so much because I am his only princess and will always be.

My Papa is the greatest father in the whole world. I just hope that fate will give his fatherhood back to him. No matter what he is, no matter what they say about him, I still love him. I love him and love him and love him always.

Monday, June 09, 2003
Submitted by everett napuunoa as a tribute to julian napuunoa.

I love you Dad, and thank-you for quitting smoking and drinking alcohol; and making our home a bit of heaven on earth for Mom. I always knew you loved me, and I especially know that now that I am grown up. Thank-you also for being faithful in Church, and honoring the Lord with your life. God has blessed you because of it. Have a Great Father's Day! Your Son Everett

Monday, June 09, 2003
Submitted by Velice as a tribute to Robert Brown.

I lost my beloved "Poppy" in August of 2002. Poppy, not one day goes by without me thinking about you and missing you ever so much. Me and Mom were always there for you, but it breaks my heart to think that we couldn't do anything to save you. Poppy I have so many special memories of you that I will forever cling to. It is so difficult this first Father's Day without you. Poppy, I just hope you know how proud I'am to be your daughter. I Love You. Your Loving Daughter-Velice

Monday, June 09, 2003
Submitted by George II as a tribute to Robert.

I was a disappointment to my father from as far back as I can remember. I never could live up to his standards or expectations, even as a small child. He was drunk all of my childhood. He's told me time after time that parenting doesn't come with guides or manuals to follow. But anyone eventually should be able to figure out that raising a family drunk is probably not the smartest thing to do.

I've learned to expect absolutely nothing from my father. And he never, ever disappoints me.

Thanks for nothing dad...

George

Monday, June 09, 2003
Submitted by Elaine Chace as a tribute to Jim .

This is a memory to the most wonderful father in the world. He was so kind and gentle, forgiving and understanding. We all miss you very much. You are in a better place now but we all wish you were still on earth with us.

Monday, June 09, 2003
Submitted by ismet kaan as a tribute to yilmaz baba.

Daddy, I love you For all that you do. I'll kiss you and hug you 'Cause you love me, too. You feed me and need me To teach you to play, So smile 'cause I love you On this Father's Day.

Monday, June 09, 2003
Submitted by kaan yilmaz as a tribute to yildirim .

"caným babama sevgilerimle.. bu þiiri ben yazýyom" to my daddy with my deepest love. bebek kaan yilmaz

A father and a dad are not the same: One can be a dad and not a father, Or one can be a father and not bother To earn through love the more endearing name. Some find fatherhood a bit too tame, Leaving all the details to the mother, Or dumping the sweet burden on another

You have been my dad for almost a year morpheus mom and me are here without fear

ý love you daddy happy fathers' day

Saturday, June 07, 2003
Submitted by Cheryl as a tribute to Arthur U. Moore.

This tribute is in loving memory of Arthur U. Moore, my father/Pop whom I love and miss very much. He was a loving and hardworking man who provided for him family and taught me many valuable lessons of life. He drew close to God as he aged and would say each day, "I'm so thankful." He left us such great memories and a share in his life's treasures. He will remain in my heart because he loved me and kept his promise to his family. He served his country during World War II and always visited his parents, giving back to them for giving him everything. Pop was sensitive and proud of his children, grandchildren and family. He leaves agiant void in our lives but many blessed memories and an his strenght and spirit live on in me. Rest in peace, Pop; you deserve your reward in heaven. I miss you and love you.

Always, Cheryl

Friday, June 06, 2003
Submitted by Melanie as a tribute to Dad.

I LOVE HIM! I'M GLAD MY DAD IS STILL ALIVE!I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D DO WITHOUT HIM! HE'S THE BOMB! HE'S THE BEST!

Friday, June 06, 2003
Submitted by Muffy as a tribute to Jeff.

How often do you meet someone who marries a girl with a child and loves and cares for that child as if it were truly his own? As far as I know, very rarely. This is someone who takes time EVERY DAY to do things with the child, who is morally and spiritually superior and teaches excellent values to the child. What an excellent father and role model you are, Jeff. Thanks for being you and being such a great Dad!

Friday, June 06, 2003
Submitted by Amanda as a tribute to James.

I love my dad lots. I miss him. He was in jail for the longest time. I wish he could just be set free. I love my dad and I miss him too.

Thursday, June 05, 2003
Submitted by Terri Parker as a tribute to Larry Owings.

I want to make this tribute to my Daddy, to let him know how much I love him. I don't say it as much as I should, and for that I am sorry. I love you Daddy. You DO mean the world to me!!

Happy Father's Day Daddy!!!!

Love, Terri~Dawn

Thursday, June 05, 2003
Submitted by Courtney and Ted Matthews as a tribute to Ted Matthews.

Even though we don't live with you, you are still in our hearts. We think of you everyday and miss you very much. We look forward to when we do see you but it seems like time flies by. We hope one day that we can stay with you longer but for now at least we all get to be a family. Thanks Daddy for marrying someone like Jackie to be our step-mom she is so nice and does so much for use when she comes down. Thank you Daddy and Mom for giving us a wonderful sweet baby brother and letting us be apart of his life. We wish we could always be together but hey maybe one day we will. We love you Daddy Love Courtney and Teddy

Thursday, June 05, 2003
Submitted by Seth as a tribute to Ted Matthews.

I am so lucky to call you my dad. You do so much for me and work so hard to give me and mom everything we need. Thank you for being there for the both of us and I am glad that you are my dad and will always be. Thank you for staying with me and working things out so that we can be a family. I love you Daddy very much. Love Seth Julian

Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Submitted by Denny as a tribute to Lim.

I love my dad very much. He is the most important person in my life. I remember those wonderful times we had together when I was young. We used to jog early in the morning, having fun together at gym and in the park. I can't forget those days I've spent with him.

Sunday, June 01, 2003
Submitted by Jo as a tribute to William H. Ayers.

You were the best Dad a kid could ever hope for but your work took you away too much. Even so, you managed to build me a beautiful bedroom suit fit for a princess when I was two, a dollhouse with the most wonderful tiny furniture, and most of all, along with Mother, talked to me and guided me through a wonderful childhood to the person I am today. I miss you, Daddy. Even though you and Mother live in Heaven now, but you both live on in the hearts of your three children. I will always be your little Jodie Blonde.

Saturday, May 31, 2003
Submitted by Vicki as a tribute to Fred Wheeler.

My father died some time ago, I would like to thank him. And to tell everyone if your father is still living please tell him how much you love them and thank him for all that he has done.

Thursday, May 29, 2003
Submitted by Mr. Wheatley as a tribute to Rm. 21 Dads.

I just wanted to take this time to thank the dads from room 21 that have helped make this school year so successful. The wonderful students in my class are a tribute to your caring influence and nurturing guidance. Thanks for all you do!

Thursday, May 29, 2003
Submitted by Do Khua Khai as a tribute to Khup Za Pau.

Dad, missing you loads !! I am in a distant land. But your spirit is leading me along the ups and downs of my journey. I miss those days where we both used to travel for some purposes. You have been my life and inspiration. Thanks, Dad !! I love you so much. Hope to be with you on next Father's Day. Love you loads. Khua Khai...

Thursday, May 29, 2003
Submitted by Jessica and Lisa as a tribute to Gary.

I remember my dad picking me and my sister up and taking me to the kingsmen pool to swim, which must have been difficult since we were two girls and he had to bring us into the boys change room because we were so young.(Look at the floor, girls.) hehe. We remember the dune buggy he built for us that got sucked up by the tornado(black friday) before we got to test drive it. We remember how scared we were when he was almost taken away from us by a drunk driver and we thank god every day that he was spared. We love you Dad. Happy Fathers Day!!!!!!

Monday, May 26, 2003
Submitted by Jenny Lynn as a tribute to Brian .

I remember when we worked really hard to catch the big rabbit in our neibours back yard! It was really hard but fun !!!!!!!!!! Thanks for helping me

catch her, Jenny

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Submitted by Michelle as a tribute to Joe.

Hey Dad just want to say happy fathers day, hope you have a great day. Love ya loads

Michelle

Sunday, May 18, 2003
Submitted by Nova as a tribute to Vincent.

We and Vincent are still very young, I know. But through all those hardships, he's been with me. Thank you, Daddy Vince, for being there with me. I want you to know that your Big Baby and Little Baby somewhere loves you so much! Really, really loves you! I still remember those times when you were there to support me and your Little Baby. Thank you so much. We're looking forward to being with you for the rest of our lives. You are the best Daddy in this world ever. I know you'll always be. We love you so much!!!! Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!

Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Submitted by laura and bump as a tribute to wayne portz.

To wayne - just a little message to let you know how much I love you and to wish you a Happy Father's Day. It's to be your first one and I hope it's one of the best. I know having this baby was not planned, but we will love her just the same. Well babes have lots of rest now because she will be here in 4 weeks we love you very much and I know you will be the best dad ever. Love laura and your bump (alicia mae portz )

Friday, February 14, 2003
Submitted by Michael Roger Moline as a tribute to Roger Allen Moline.

My father was the most good man I ever knew. I guess that another way of saying he was the best man ever, in my unbiased opinion. He had the most honor, decency and dignity of any man I ever met.

Dad grew up on a farm in Iowa in the 40s and 50s. His older brother got the farm so Dad had to go to school. He put himself through college, with a stop off in the US Army, and married mom in 1960. They were able to save enough money to buy the old broken down hobby farm they raised us on in 1974. We grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. He worked full time as a hospital HR director but some how worked full time on the farm too. He sacrificed much of his life to make mine and the rest of our lives better.

I was the first son and he always hoped I would be a farmer. Frankly, I hated farming and couldn't wait to go to school. So he reluctantly agreed that being a lawyer was the second best choice. Without his guidance and support I could never have gotten into law school, let alone make it through.

His father, my grandfather died when I was very young so I never knew him. When I got married and had Alex, our oldest, he and Dad bonded immediately. It was one of the primary, if not the greatest joy in my life to be able to have my son love grandpa so much. They loved pottering around on the farm (which Alex insited was HIS farm, a delusion Dad never tried hard to dispell) and playing on tractors, with the cows, and working in the barn.

But on February 14, 1998, when Alex was only a little less than three years old my father had a stroke. He died from it three weeks later without ever regaining conciousness. He was 60 years old.

I was working at a large Minneapolis law firm at the time and had not been able to get home for a visit for some time. So Mom and Dad came up for the weekend since they hadn't been able to see Alex and the rest of us for a long time. By that time we also had David, who was born the previous November.

We had a wonderful weekend, even though I had to work part of it. As they were leaving, the movie "My Cousin Vinnie" came on TV and Mom and Dad took off their coats to watch the closing scene.

The show ended and Dad put on his boots and zipped his jacket and stood up. Then he bent down on one knee and looked up with a pained expression like he threw out his back. And he couldn't talk anymore or get up. It happened that fast. He was fully concious and we called an ambulance imediately. His last words, fading even as he got them out were "No no no" to me when I got the phone to call the ambulance. I told him to sit down and be quiet, that we were insured for calling the ambulance and that I would call it and worry about the expense later. I knew that was what was worrying him. Sure enough, he sat down and relaxed.

The ambulance came and got him to the hospital fairly quickly. They rushed him into surgery that night but it went badly. The next morning he acted like he was reviving but there was more bleeding. They had to operate again and he never responded again.

He stayed that way for three weeks. My mom pulled the plug when it became clear there would be no recovery. Yet that massive, proud heart kept beating for another day until it was stilled forever by a massive blood clot.

It was March 6, 1996. It seems like yesterday and a million years ago at the same time.

I wish that I could grow to be half the man my dad was. I had a close relationship with him when he was alive but I still never fully appreciated him until he was gone. Every child should have a Dad like mine. I miss him terribly yet I know I am priviledged to have had him for as long as I did.

Dad, if your listening, Mom and the rest of us are doing well. The farm is still there but we had to sell the animals. The barn is leaning a little more but Scott and I propped up the foundation and have plans to replace the old morter with cement and replace the rock that crumbled with block. The tractors are all still there and Scott and I run them each summer and put them away in the Winter. They're still covered so the paint is keeping well. Everything is set for when Alex or I can come back and get it all working again. It's in better shape than when you bought it from Harold and you were able to get it going then. And most importantly it will stay in the family as long as Scot, Alex and I have anything to say about it. Rest well in Heaven. We'll be there to join you when the right time comes and not before. It will all be better then.

Love Mom, Cindy, Deb, Mike, Scott, Alex, David, Wei and the rest of the family.

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