Saturday, May 20, 2006

A Tribute To Dad
Who says Saintly intercession doesn't work?

As many of you know, my dad recently passed away. I've been debating if I should post anything about it. Well, below is a copy of a letter I just sent to a very wonderful woman and new dear friend. All of us should experience the end in this fashion...

I had to leave home (San Diego) and fly back to North Carolina on the day of his death. Dad died 1 1/2 hours after I lifted off. But their parish priest did show up (right after I left the house) and gave Last Rites once again.

Mom had a CD player brought into the master bedroom, and played "their song"... Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller. Mom cradled dad in her arms and slowly rocked him as they had their last dance.

Mom and the remaining six kids (along with various grandchildren and great grandchildren) then prayed a 15 Decade Rosary. As my kid brother told me, dad's breathing during The Rosary went from labored, to as smooth and easy as any of us lying down and watching TV.

Soon thereafter, my father... veteran of WWII, Korea, Viet-Nam; father of seven; madly in love with Libby until his last breath, was welcomed under the Mantle of the Holy Mother where she joyously introduced him to her Son.

From what I was told, as a child, my dad was very close to his grandfather (he called my dad by his middle name, Regis). I'm quite sure that my great grandfather greeted dad with a big hug and tears in his eyes saying "where ya been Regie boy? I've missed you so very much".

Yet again, thank you St. Joseph for assisting in a very peaceful death for the greatest man I ever knew.

8 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

A beautiful tribute. We'll ask Father to remember him at the altar tomorrow.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Angry Orthodox said...

Dude you're making me cry.

Requiescat in pace

2:54 AM  
Blogger prevat2 said...

Marine,
I read your tribute this Sunday morning, as I was the only one up in the house. Buddy, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. But what an beautiful tribute, what a wonderful life, what a perfect way to die. Family by your side, and in your wife's arms.

As one who prides himself on being a tough former active-duty Marine, tears flowed down my face today as I read your tribute.

May our Lord and our Lady welcome him into His Kingdom.
Semper Fi my friend-

8:22 AM  
Anonymous archmich said...

A loving and most beautiful tribute to you Dad.

St.Joseph did, indeed, have his hand in your Dad's last days - the whole family present and the last dance. That part was most moving. I am proud of your Mom.

Having a Mass said for your Dad. Card to follow.

Ora Pro Nobis Sancta Dei Genetrix.

AG

10:20 AM  
Blogger Catholic Fire said...

The tears are flowing here. What a beautiful and loving tribute! I will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer through the intercession of St. Joseph and Mother Mary.

In the love of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
Jean

3:40 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

-J., hoping against hope he remembered the Latin correctly

6:01 PM  
Blogger Tom McKenna said...

God bless you and comfort you for your loss. A very moving tribute to a great man. May we all experience a happy death like the one you described.

Sancte Joseph, ora pro nobis.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

You know I did not know about your Dad. I am so sorry that he is not with you anymore. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. You must have had some awesome memories of him. Sounds like a guy anyone could be proud of. I will keep you and your family in my prayers

8:49 PM  

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