My dear friends,
It is with great sadness that I would like to share the news of our father's passing after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease on Friday March 21. He was at home with our mom and the two kitties. He left us peacefully.
I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man with the biggest heart. Make no mistake, strong as German oak when it came to defend fairness.
He was adventurous. As young men, him and his best friend cycled through the entire country of Germany with a tent and his first owned-camera in the bag. They must have had a riot! Pictures told the story...
As I was growing up, he encouraged me to travel and explore the world. "Travel is education" was the motto and I will be forever grateful for his trust when I trekked around Europa as a teen. Mostly supervised, not all the time.
Our parents wanted to give us space to grow and so they designed a small palace turned funhouse when we were kids. Friends were always invited to stop by at their leisure, at reasonable hours, however. (We extended the hours here and there, didn't work out to our advantage...).
He valued tradition and he graciously accepted to continue and grow the family business, a trucking and shipping company, our grandfather built. I bet, my grandfather would've been proud, had he seen what the business became.
I think, the most important lesson, my dad taught me, was "Never take 'no' for an answer". There is always a way....
Thank you for showing me the way! I will never forget.
Our mom cared for him until the end. She is an incredible woman! It was her desire and she was supported by the family and friends.
I am grateful for your love and support. Chad has been my rock during this difficult time. Thank you so much!!!!