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#369893 - 09/11/11 12:07 AM "Pop" - my father
Fissy Tsickens Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
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Hey, guys.

I know the subject of fathers can be difficult for many of us, as a significant number of us were abused by our fathers. I was not. I have been very blessed to have a really wonderful, truly loving father for all 50 of my years so far.

I grew up on Long Island, NY. My mother was a stay at home mom with six kids and the assistance of a maid. My father was an advertising executive on Madison Avenue. Though there were six of us, my father somehow always managed to find time to make each of us feel like we were important to him. I remember Saturday mornings, running errands. I'd ride up front in the station wagon (no airbags to decapitate a kid back in the 60's and 70's). We'd stop at the dry cleaners, the Chinese laundry, where Pop's shirts were bleached, starched and pressed to perfection. Then we'd go to Butter Bun Bakery, and pick up the crumb cake we'd have for Saturday's breakfast. Might not seem like much, but it was time that my father would spend with me alone. I remember trips to Jones Beach (Mom hated the beach, so Pop would take us). Pop fostered my love of and involvement in singing. I got to hear him sing every Sunday in the church choir. Sometimes he'd take me with him when he had a gig singing Ave Maria at a wedding -- he had an awesome tenor voice. He introduced me to popular music, specifically big band. His favorite was Glenn Miller, and I love that music too, in addition to more modern popular music.

Pop is a World War II vet, and fostered patriotism in me. His service inspired me to enlist and spend over six years in the U.S. Air Force.

Lots of people have special memories from Christmas's past. During every Christmas season, Pop would take each of the six of us, one at a time, into Manhattan. We'd spend the morning at Pop's office, where he'd introduce us to the people he worked with. Then we'd go to lunch (I always picked Chinese or Japanese). After lunch, we'd walk through Time Square, stopping in some of the stores to pick up special things like Sea Monkey kits. Then we'd be off to Broadway for a show, or Radio City Music Hall.

While Pop had a way of making each of his six kids feel special, when he retired, he and Mom moved to Virginia and built a house next door to mine. They could have stayed in NY with my oldest brother and sister, or moved to Vermont with my other older brother, or L.A. with my younger brother, or NC with my little sister.

Pop worked long, hard hours to provide for his family, and unfortunately, the retirement he earned has been marked by poor health. He has had two separate heart bypass surgeries (double the first time, quadruple the second) and a massive stroke, for which he was in rehab for months, but, thankfully, made a really miraculous recovery.

This past week, I got a call at 3am Thursday morning from my parents' caretaker, saying Pop had had a bad fall. He'd gotten up to go to the bathroom, lost his balance, and fell hard head first into his chest of drawers. He's been on blood thinners for a long time and bleeds very easily. Besides ripping the skin open on his left arm and bleeding like a stuck pig on the outside, unbeknownst to us, the force also caused a hemorrhage in his brain. He seemed fine at 3am. He seemed okay when he got up at 9am and called the doctor to make an appointment for my mother for the following day, then laid back down. When their caretaker checked on them at 10am, he seemed kind of out of it. I called 911. The ambulance rushed him to the local hospital. The ER doc there quickly ran a CT scan, which revealed a severe, life-threatening hemorrhage. The transported him via helicopter to a larger, better equipped hospital. The neurosurgeon there told me that basically if they did nothing, he would be in increasingly more pain, for hours or days, then die. However, he also said that Pop was not a good candidate for surgery due to his age and infirmity, and there was no guarantee he'd even live through the surgery. Mom and I decided we'd risk the surgery, since it gave him at least a small chance of survival. The surgery involved removing a piece of skull about two inches by six inches, evacuating the blood that was causing the pressure on his brain, attempting to stop the bleeding, implanting a drainage tube, then putting Humpty together again, as it were.

Well, he made it through the surgery on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, he was opening his eyes, squeezing our hands, trying to lift his head, and moving his legs and arms. Today (Saturday), he was opening his eyes more widely and sustaining eye contact. Though he's got tubes up his nose and down his throat, he was trying to speak, but it seemed he wasn't remembering how to form the words. At this point, we simply don't know how severe the brain damage will be. Whatever the outcome, we're very thankful that he's made it this far and that he's still with us.

I've gotten so much support here over the past three years. Now I'm asking for support again. For those of you who pray, I ask that you please keep Pop in your prayers. For those of you who don't, maybe you could "send positive vibes" like my little brother.

Thanks so much, guys.

Peace,

John

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#369896 - 09/11/11 12:42 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Sorry to hear about this. Will keep you in my thoughts.


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#369901 - 09/11/11 04:16 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: hopeandtry]
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Hi FT

Your dad is in my Prayers, and so are you.
I know how it feels. My mom abused me, beside others, and my father spent his life running away from the horrible home life he had, because of the witch mother. It is only now in later life that I have really bonded with my father and had a reasonable relationship.
So I cant imagine the pain of loosing him now. He is in his 80's.

So yeah, I really feel for you both..

Heal well (Both of you)
Martin



Edited by whome (09/11/11 04:18 AM)
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#369906 - 09/11/11 08:40 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: whome]
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prayers sent.

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#369907 - 09/11/11 08:58 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Obi]
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Hi John,

I'll pray for your Dad.

He's already beat the odds, so God seems pretty involved already!

D.

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#369914 - 09/11/11 11:55 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Disappointed]
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Your father sounds amazing, you are very fortunate, FT,

As he supported you, so too, I will think strong, positive thoughts for him, for you, and your families.

Sam

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#369949 - 09/11/11 11:25 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: SamV]
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Hi, my fraternal brother, John.

Wow, a great dad for you, as you are a great son for him, in his hour of need.

I never had a dad, if I did I sure wish he would have been like your dad.

In your family's & your hour of need, I offer your family & your dad, my compassion, understanding, love, hope & prayers.

Take care & God bless.

"I will take that lost boys hand, and I will lead him from the depths of darkness, into the sunshine, forever into eternity." As he is me.

Pete..Irishmoose.

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#369951 - 09/12/11 12:02 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: petercorbett]
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Done. Keep us posted please.

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#369959 - 09/12/11 09:10 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: GoodHope]
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Thank you, guys. Not much new to report. They finally removed the drain line from his skull, but he still has the breathing tube in so we're still not sure how well he'll be able to communicate, or whether or not he's lost speech/language abilities. They ran out of sites for I.V.'s because each site was failing. This morning they had to put in a central line in his upper arm, which should hold long term. Docs are still talking about removing the breathing tube - the respitory therapist said as far as she was concerned he was ready - but it's up to the docs and they haven't ordered it yet.

Thanks for your continued prayers.

Peace,

John

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#369961 - 09/12/11 09:32 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Lord,

We thank you for John's Dad. We thank you for the attention and love he paid to John. He truly is a great father as you know.

Lord, we lift Pop up in prayer for your will to be done. For suffering to end, for healing to be certain and good.

Lord, we also lift up John and his Mom as well as all of Johns siblings. You know their hearts. You know John has a heart for you Lord. We ask you to easy the pain and anxiety they may be experienceing. Let them help each other with great love. Let this bring their hearts together in Your name. Let the family you built endure and thrive Lord.

Pop has been a clear blessing to this family and this world Lord. Again, we ask for removal of suffering, anxiety and worry. We place this fear, sadness and heart-break at the base of The Cross. We cannot survive such events without your love.

In the Name of Jesus, we pray.

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#369971 - 09/12/11 01:05 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Still]
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May you be surrounded by love and peace. May you and the family be filled with a strength beyond comprehension and may Pops have a speedy, full recovery.

Pie


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#369992 - 09/12/11 10:16 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Pie]
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Thank you all so much for the prayers, kind thoughts and words.

Today they were able to remove Pop's breathing tube and respiration is good. Also, his blood glucose and heart rate are becoming more stable.

Now that the tube is out, we are seeing that he is able to answer very simple, basic yes/no questions though not very clearly. More complex questions result in a very confused look. He is attempting to speak, but seems unable to control his mouth muscles, tongue and jaw to form any intelligible words. His nurse this evening said that a speech pathologist should be by tomorrow or Wednesday to begin assessing his communication skills and deficits. They also want to get him out of bed tomorrow and sitting up in a chair.

As long as the hospital doesn't call, I'm gonna try to work a full day tomorrow and head up to the hospital again tomorrow evening. Again, I appreciate all the support.

Peace,

John

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Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
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#370003 - 09/13/11 12:02 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Fissy,

What a great gift, to have a father like that. I'm sorry about his health problems. I'll be praying.

Puffer





Edited by pufferfish (09/13/11 12:03 AM)

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#370004 - 09/13/11 12:28 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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John,

I really wish that I had so many wonderful things to say about my father but unfortunately, that's not the case with me, however, it makes me so happy to learn that you have such a wonderful father.

I'm one of those who pray, so, I will definitely keep your father in my prayers. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story with us!

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Kindest regards,





Edited by Czaesar72 (09/13/11 12:31 AM)
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#370007 - 09/13/11 01:45 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Czaesar72]
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Edited by ren42 (12/29/12 09:51 PM)

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#370040 - 09/13/11 04:44 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: ren42]
Fissy Tsickens Offline
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Thank you all so much, guys.

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Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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#370177 - 09/15/11 01:09 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Hey FT

How is POP doing? trust all is still going well, with him as well as yourself

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#370609 - 09/20/11 11:19 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: whome]
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Hi, guys. Just wanted to update you. My father's vent and feeding tube were removed yesterday. A large portion of the family stood around his bed and we sang hymns for him, accompanied by my wife on guitar. It was a beautiful time together, even if it did end in mass sobbing.

The palliative care doc expects Pop to pass within the next 12 hours. Everyone else is gone. Just Pop and me in his hospital room. I'll try to get a little sleep, but mostly just don't want Pop to pass alone. I love him so much.

Thank you all for your support.

Peace,

John

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Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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#370612 - 09/20/11 11:33 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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(((John)))

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#370619 - 09/21/11 12:12 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Mountainous Buck]
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Still praying for you.

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#370644 - 09/21/11 09:21 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: GoodHope]
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FT - Just reading this thread and my heart goes out to you. We had my wife's father living with us in his golden years and went through many a night sitting there in his room, asking God to help him hang on. It's such a tough time, such a lonely time. My prayers are with you. I'm glad you have had such a great man in your life.
Best,
K


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#370650 - 09/21/11 09:48 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Originally Posted By: Fissy Tsickens
I love him so much.


Lord, Again and Still, we lift up John, his family and father in prayer. Your gifts to us are SO numerous Lord. John's Dad is one of those gifts. When a son can say "I love him so much" at this point in his life, he truly led a successful and good life. When a son can say "I love him so much," things went very right in this family and your hope and love still shines through.

We also lift-up John's Mom. She is facing such an enormous event...an event we all know will come, but we are never ready for. We ask that you be with her and ease her pain Lord. Relationships like their's are evidence of your power and grace.

This is clearly a time of thanks Lord. We thank you for this family. We thank you for this head of the family. We thank you for leading this wonderful family.

I'n your Name we pray Lord.

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#370724 - 09/22/11 01:44 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Dear John,

May all the good karma that your father put out in the world to his children come back to him right now.

I will pray for him. I always pray for god's will.

Love,

Katie


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#370923 - 09/24/11 11:26 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: katie1205]
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cry

Well, we're on day 17. Pop had been somewhat alert and interactive for a few days, but has been declining. In accordance with his living will, he is not being nourished nor hydrated. We're working on setting up hospice care in his and Mom's home. My wife and/or I will look at taking family medical leave to provide the day-to-day care (of Pop and Mom) with the hospice folks on call 24/7. I really don't think it will be for a prolonged period of time.

Peace,

John

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Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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#371053 - 09/25/11 11:48 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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My fraternal brother, John.

I've been gone for the last week, and just want you to know your family are in my prayers.

A father & his son, love, caring, hope & prayers.

My love & blessings & prayers to you all.

Pete.

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A very humble alumni of the WOR Dahlonega, GA.
May 15-17 2009, Alta, Sep. 2009. Sequoia, 2010.
Hope Springs, 2010.


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#371060 - 09/26/11 01:03 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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As painful as this time is for you, thanks for sharing this glimpse into a loving family with the rest of us who didn't experience that type of family.

Will be praying that your father's journey will be peaceful and loving wherever it takes him from here.

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#371076 - 09/26/11 10:11 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: WriterKeith]
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Thanks, guys.

Looks like hospice might not be in the cards. We thought it would happen today, but now the doctor feels he could stay in the hospital with death imminent. It has been a long, gut-wrenching, exhausting (almost) three weeks. At this point praying that God will be merciful to call Pop home today. It is so hard to watch.

Peace,

John

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Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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#371081 - 09/26/11 11:13 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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John -

See if the hospital can provide (hopefully they should) a hospice care-giver there. When my FIL was home with us and slowly declining, the hospice team that was there was amazing and made his passing as pleasant for my wife and her sister, really all of us, as they could. I have such praise for them and what they do, that I hope it'd be something to make things a bit easier for you. It took a good deal of fear out of what was happening.

I remember being so caught up in the day-to-day of Robert's (my FIL) care, that when he was gone, we were shell shocked by the silence. You have some hard times ahead of you, and I'll be praying God gives you all strength and peace.

Best,
Kevin


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#371415 - 09/30/11 07:30 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: IrishDadTx]
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Well, against all odds, Pop is still lingering. We've decided to go ahead and bring him home and care for him with the assistance of hospice. He'll be coming home tomorrow around midday. It has been bittersweet; we don't want him to suffer, but the extra time has given us a chance to better come to terms with losing him.

Peace,

John

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Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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#371432 - 10/01/11 03:46 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Bless you and the family, all your Dad's friends...been following the updates and have many memories of my Pop heading off the the next realm in July 2005.
Seems your Pop is a fighter and he wants to stay with his family. He'll be in his home and that will make him happy.
Thanks for sharing such a family experience.

doug

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#371636 - 10/04/11 10:43 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: men_of_hrts.dbw]
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Hey, all. Pop slipped away peacefully last night at 8:14 pm. I'm going to miss him terribly but know he's finished suffering and in a much better place. Thanks for your support these past weeks.

Peace,

John

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Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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#371639 - 10/04/11 11:17 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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John,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember that it was difficult to let my father go a few years ago. He was able to be on hospice for the last year of his life and went very quickly one night after watching a baseball game (his passion) on television. I feel his presence with me every day and am so fortunate that I was able to heal the wounds of our past before he passed. Please know you always have my support!

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#371660 - 10/04/11 04:19 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: ACRoberts]
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My fraternal brother, John.

I offer you my condolences on the passing of your father.

A loving father and son now seperated.

I am sure that he has earned his place in heaven from being a great father. You will meet again in love forever into eternity.

My prayers go out to you and your family.

God Bless & heal well.

Pete..Irishmoose.

_________________________
Working Boys' Home 10-14 yrs old, grades 5-8. 1949-1953
____________________________________________________________
A very humble alumni of the WOR Dahlonega, GA.
May 15-17 2009, Alta, Sep. 2009. Sequoia, 2010.
Hope Springs, 2010.


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#371662 - 10/04/11 04:25 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: petercorbett]
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John

Sorry to hear about your father. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family.


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#371746 - 10/05/11 03:43 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: KMCINVA]
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John,

I'm sorry for the loss of your father. We know that now he's in a special place.

Allen


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#372095 - 10/10/11 11:26 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: pufferfish]
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Buried Pop today. Held it together pretty well. A little choked up at the end of the graveside service. Many family members came up to me to hug me and thank me for taking such good care of my parents. Made the day bittersweet. Hoping I can get some sleep tonight.

Peace,

John

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Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

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I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
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#372107 - 10/11/11 01:37 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
men_of_hrts.dbw Offline
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.Thanks for sharing something l never had a chance to experience...like doing the deal all over again but different...like l did it right. Bless you John...thanks.
(choke..tears...smiles)
(((Doug Hug)))



Edited by men_of_hrts.dbw (10/11/11 01:42 AM)
Edit Reason: Add safe (((Doug Hug)))
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#372343 - 10/13/11 11:24 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: men_of_hrts.dbw]
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Thank you for sharing with us what a good father he was.

Puffer


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#374649 - 11/08/11 12:56 PM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: pufferfish]
Fissy Tsickens Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Bassett, Virginia
Some pics of my father:


With his parents (my grandparents) at Niagra Falls, around 1930.


May 9, 1953, with Mom and her parents on Mom and Pop's wedding day.


A very recent picture of Pop, just months before we lost him.

Thanks for looking.

Peace,

John



Edited by Fissy Tsickens (11/08/11 01:16 PM)
_________________________
Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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#375373 - 11/15/11 08:30 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: Fissy Tsickens]
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Registered: 11/03/11
Posts: 149
Loc: USA
I'm just seeing this thread now... still exploring the boards, I guess. Anyway, this hits home for me as well - both my parents and two of my siblings are gone. Like you, my dad was a wonderful role model and excellent father.

I hope you are doing better. I am not the standard religious type, but I do have my own system of beliefs. And I will light a candle for you, and one for him. Our ancestors never go anywhere truly, they look down at us every night when we look up at the night sky and see the stars.

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Matthew

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#375383 - 11/15/11 09:32 AM Re: "Pop" - my father [Re: TheTwoOfUs]
Fissy Tsickens Offline
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Loc: Bassett, Virginia
Thank you, Matthew. I appreciate that.

Peace,

John

_________________________
Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home Iíll never see

It may sound absurd...but donít be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but wonít you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
Itís not easy to be me

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