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Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Dad



My Dad died yesterday.
He was just very recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had spread to other parts of his body.
He is now pain-free.
He loved helping Mom garden.
They did LOTS of it.
He was my hero.



28 comments:

Larry said...

I'm so terribly sad to hear of your loss... such a difficult thing to have to face and yet inevitable. I lost my father twenty years ago and my mother just a few years ago... although it gets easier, one never stops missing them, but thankfully we never lose the happy memories... Larry

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your dad. Yes, he is now pain free. I just said a prayer for your family. Take care, and may the days ahead go as best as they can.

Sherri B. said...

I am so sorry you have lost your Dad. I lost mine many years ago after a brief illness also...it is always so hard to lose someone so dear to us. I too, have just said a prayer for you and your family and will keep you in my prayers.xxoo

Ali said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I love your beautiful words about him, and what a lucky man he was to be a hero to his child. I can't think of a life better lived than one that goes out on that note.

Darla said...

I too, hate to hear of your loss.

Netty said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My thoughts are with you.

NellJean said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to learn of this sad time for you and your mother. Deepest condolences. I hope that in time the garden and its memories will be a comfort to you.

troutbirder said...

Your have wonderful memories of your dad. They will always be with you. Especially when your gardening. My condolences, Shady

Patsi said...

When I saw the title to your post I was afraid it would be bad news.
So sorry for your loss.

Cameron said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your during this difficult time.

Rosemary said...

So very sorry, Dad's are such special people in ones life... Hugs.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

My condolances. Take care.

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you friends. The funeral was today (May 3), and was very well- and specially-done. A wonderful tribute.

Gail said...

Dear Shady, Oh know~I am so sorry to hear this my friend. Hugs and my warmest thoughts and prayers for you and your family. xoxogail

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

My father was the biggest gardener in my life--we shared that passion. How lucky that you were able to experience that. So sorry. Carolyn

Jim Groble said...

I am so sorry.

ShySongbird said...

Oh, Shady! I am so very sorry to read your sad news. I lost my own dear Dad, whom I adored, many years ago and still miss him terribly but you will find that happy memories will be a great comfort to you. My thoughts are with you and your family...

Grace Peterson said...

I'm sorry to hear that your father passed. I hope the flowers of your garden are offering you much comfort. Blessings.

Shady Gardener said...

A huge thank you for the love you have expressed. I'm sad. I know the passing of time will help. In the meantime, it will be therapeutic to be outdoors digging and weeding and planting and generally getting very dirty. :-)

Nutty Gnome said...

Oh Shady - my heart goes out to you for the loss of your dad. My mum died 20 years ago and whilst the pain of her passing is long gone, I still miss her. Like her, your dad's demise from his diagnosis to his death was very quick and he is out of pain now. That won't help you much now, but it will in the future.
Much love and huge hugs....Nutty

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Liz, Thank you for your loving message. Sincerely.

Andrea Dellit said...

Hugs. What a wonderful service. I could have sat there forever listening to the stories the pastor told. Do you suppose he and Barb are somewhere plotting a garden of beautiful flowers? :)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Andrea, The service was truly wonderful. If there's a place to plant a garden, I imagine they'd be first in line! :-) Love you!

Kathleen said...

I'm so sorry to read this after seeing your happy tulip post SG. My condolences. It's hard to lose someone you love. hugs. I'm sure he will be greatly missed.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kathleen, Truly. Thank you for your comments.

Northern Shade said...

My condolences for the loss of your father, and for your mother's loss of husband. I know there is such an emptiness when a family member is gone, and you think of how much they shaped you into who you are.