3/22/03 - Bob
passed away peacefully with his wife and daughters present.
Our deepest sympathy and love go to Bob's family and friends.
Bob has just been diagnosed with the final stages of Lung
and Bone Cancer, he is also a diabetic and has heart disease.
He has chosen to not go through with any cancer treatments and
is only going for pain control. He doesn't know how long he
has and doesn't want to know either. He has Palliative Care
coming in to help.
My Dad is a loving man with 5 children 2 of which were my
mothers younger sister's sons, because their parents were
killed in a car accident when the boys were under the age of 7
there were actually 4 boys the two oldest came to us and the 2
youngest went with my mothers twin sister. My mom and Dad
treated the 2 boys and the 3 of us like we were all equal and
everything was always fair. He always did the cleaning and
cooking around the house, as Mom worked all day and he worked
shifts. Not only was Dad a great cook, he also has the best
advice, almost as though he could tell the future. One of the
best things I learned from my Dad was not to make fun of
anyone, Dad would make time for everyone and the more special
their need the more time he had for them. He has been married
to my Mother for 43 years and
they were fortunate enough to enjoy early retirement at age
43, and enjoyed a few trips to Florida. He was so busy as a
shift worker and father he really didn't have the time he
wanted to have with his kids. This helped make him a very
special grandpa to his six grandchilden, who he truly adores.
Dad has had many hobbies throughout his life, gardening from
dusk till dawn was one of them, he had the most beautiful
flowers and lawn , and often people would stop their cars and
ask him questions or just enjoy them, another being horse
racing, dad could spend many hours just studying the horses
and would often attend the races, just to get out and enjoy
the day. Even now with his illness he finds that continuing to
get out to coffee with his friends in the morning and
attending the races in the afternoon keeps his mind off of his
fate and gives him something to look forward to doing
His most recent advice to us on his unfortunate illness is "be
happy for me, I/we your mother and I have had a great life".
February 2003 Feature
Birthday: December 28
Diagnosis: Lung and Bone Cancer
Thanks for all
the cards mailed to Bob!
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