My Dad. His Obituary.
I'm a pretty strong guy, but dog gone it - I can't take much more right now.
I am a freakin' mess.
It's been a heck of a month.............
[Edit to remove name], FRANCIS. 'BUZZ'
Age 69, of [Edit to remove name] passed away on December 30, 2007 at Lady of Lourdes hospital in Camden NJ.
Buzz retired from the United States army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was also active in the U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary and served as Flotilla
Commander and Division Captain. He owned and operated a landscape business (Professor Lawn) for many years.
Buzz is survived by his loving wife Joelyn (nee Ferrette), of 46 years, a son Jeff from Marlton, his daughter Linda Nestor and her husband Jim of
Maryland, a brother Robert and his wife Michalina of Atco. Buzz has 4 precious grandchildren whom he loved very much. Buzz enjoyed gardening, fishing,
crabbing with his grandson and dogs.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society [Edit to remove address] www.cancer.org.
[Edit to remove name] FUNERAL HOME"
I hope you know how much I love, and respect you.
My tears, which are plentiful right now are in your honor.
You fought. You taught. You did without seeing your family so you could make our life better. Dad. I HATED you for that when I was a kid. Not seeing
you for months at a time. Now. NOW I understand. I don't think I could do what you did.
You rarely smiled.
You rarely gave praise.
You rode my butt, and made sure that perfection was ALMOST good enough.
I saw you while I was being decorated as a Ranger.
That wasn't a hair in your eye.
I walked out of the ceremony looking for you.
At the time you were a Major in the US Army.
Outside in the parking lot you called me to attention.
Of course I did. Not my Dad. A superior officer. Hard to explain if you've not been there.
I'll never forget for one moment when he said 'At Ease". He reached out with his hand. I shook it. I pulled him in and tried to hug him. He pushed
me away, then looked around.
Then. Just then, he grabbed me and pulled me in. He hugged me. He said the words ONE time in my life I'll never forget.
"I'm proud of you Son."
You stubborn bastard. You S.O.B. You f'n hardnose.
I wish I could curse here.
I love you so much.
I'm weeping so bad right now that you would kick my butt.
Dad, I know you and Pop Pop never saw eye to eye. He was an in law, but dog gone it he was every bit a man.
So are you.
You better both get ready, 'cause when it's my turn to come to the pearly gates, I'm gonna come and kick both of your butts in chess and
Jesus Lord - Please smile on my Dad. He deserves it.
My Dad. A soldier. A Patriot. A role model.
[edit on 31-12-2007 by lombozo]