R.I.P. Daddy

It has been a whirlwind these last few days, but my father died peacefully earlier this evening. I was alone with him at the time. I have to say, I couldn’t have asked for anything more wonderful.

He had fought a really difficult battle with prostate cancer for twelve years. Twelve years! Some were good years. Long-time readers of this blog will know how much fun we had in Austria a couple of years ago.

He took this photo while I drove the autobahn. It’s kind of a legend, I am told, as many of his friends we’ve seen the last few days mentioned how much fun he had bragging about it.

No doubt many of you know where I am right now. I’m happy, I’m sad, I’m angry, I’m glad all in the same five minutes. It’s going to take a while for it to sink in and become part of my life.

Thank you all for being so kind the last few days. It’s been appreciated.


  1. jimspice says:


  2. Oh, My. I just caught this post. My heartfelt prayers for comfort are with you and your entire family. I have been where you are.

    You have been blessed with a wonderful relationship with your father; love is apparent. Thank you for sharing this news with your blogging family. We really do care.

    I will never go for a car ride with you, though. That was an awfully steady shot of the speedometer for that speed. Kudos to Pops for a steady hand and nerves of steel. 🙂

  3. He is the one who taught me. Thanks, RL.

  4. RIP

  5. Sorry for your loss Cindy. He is very lucky to have had you at his side.

  6. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  7. Janet Evans says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss.

    “If we don’t know life, how can we know death?”


    It sounds like your dad knew…

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. And, sadly, I’ve been there as well just short of two years ago with my mom. In the end, all the love and blessings we give each other is what it’s all about and you’ve had them in abundance 🙂

  9. Anonymous Politico says:

    Cindy, I am truly sorry for the loss of your father.

  10. Cindy, words cannot express how sorry I am to read about this loss. I think we all know he’s in a better place, free of that cancer.

  11. I add my condolences. We rejoice in his life and the good times. Those are what pull me through.

    If there is anything, anything I can do, I’m only an e-mail or Twitter message away.

    Praying for you and your family.

  12. My condolences

  13. Barb Shore says:

    Deepest sympathy on the loss of your father, Cindy. It’s very hard to these stories, knowing my parents are getting on and having gone through Mike’s dad’s passing not too long ago. Remember all the good things, the fun things about your dad. Memories are priceless.

  14. BrkfldDad says:

    My condolences. My prayers are with your father, you and your family.