It is with great sadness that I share the passing of my dearest Dad on Friday April 5th . Life will never be quite the same without his presence but he filled my life with so much love and wonderful memories that I feel he will always be by my side . It was a difficult couple of days from the time he entered the hospital , he struggled so much to breathe but once they gave him medication to ease him he slept more peacefully and although we no longer heard his wonderful voice we knew that he knew we were all there . The last two hours of his life he held my Mom's hand with a grip that she was unable to let go , the nurses at one point wanted to turn him which would mean letting go so I asked them to please just leave him as I felt his time was near and I am thankful they had that bond until the end. They shared 64 years together and he told a visiting minister he would give another 64 if it were possible. My Dad was very special , he in my humble opinion lived the way we all should , showing love , kindness and understanding to both human and his beloved horses that he so adored . He loved his family foremost and gave us encouragement and never failed to ask how my sons were doing and so happy when we shared their successes . My oldest son Robbie as he always called him , drove 1000 miles and did a reading at the funeral on Tuesday that touched my heart and I am sure my Dad was pleased as well . I have two sisters and one brother and we were all by his side those last two days and at the moment of his passing which was as peaceful as it could possibly be so I feel blessed to have had that chance to share in his life and his passing . He did not fear death as his faith was strong , I think the only thing he may have feared is how my Mom would do without him there as they relied on each other so much , the void for my mom is going to be great . I will do my best to spend as much time with her as possible ,as will my siblings, she is a strong person but will need some help in the next while so please continue prayers for her . Thank you all for your support and prayers during this very difficult time , it really meant so much to me and my family . God Bless and give your family members a hug and be sure to tell them you love them .
hugs and with love .