Dancing with the Angels

Posted by on Monday, February 9, 2009

Yesterday, the world lost a great man.

My stepdad passed away peacefully after a (thankfully) brief battle with cancer.

He died with my brother at his side, and my mom and I were there within minutes to say our goodbyes. Luckily, he was able to say his goodbyes to his two daughters and two grandsons last weekend when they made the trip up to see him in the hospital from the States.

John didn’t want a service or anything. He didn’t like being in the spotlight when he was with us (he did an amazing amount of volunteer work for local charities) and I guess he figured that he didn’t need the spotlight after he left us. That was just how he was.

All I know is that wherever he is, that he is probably teaching those angels a lesson or two… because he told us a couple of nights ago he wanted to go dance with them (he even flapped his “wings”, which made us all laugh a little…).

I love you John, thanks for being in my and my family's life for the past fifteen years. I will miss you.

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to post comments and send me e-mails – I haven’t been great at responding to things lately, but I really do appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

13 Comments

  1. i am so sorry to hear this news, but am, in a way,relieved that you and your family seem to be at peace about his passing. i am sure those angels are teaching him some new steps as we speak. :) take care.

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  2. Oh I'm sorry to hear this! I will send well wishes your way. Stay strong!

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  3. I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family. Please let me know if you need anything. I know how hard losing someone can be, so if you ever want to talk I'm here. :)

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  4. My thoughts are with you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  5. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  6. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please take care.
    Hugs,
    Heather L.

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  7. i don't think a blog comment is exactly a great way of saying i'm sorry for your loss, but you gotta work with what you've got.

    it sounds like john did amazing things with his time on earth, and i'm certain he's flapping his wings with some angels now.

    <3 of course, my thoughts are with you, sweetheart.

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear this. Take comfort in the fact that he is now at peace, and free of any pain or discomfort. He will always be with you and your family. I'm glad you had a chance to say your final good-bye. Take care...

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  9. i'm very sorry for you loss, my thoughts are with you and your family.

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about this. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  11. awwww.....so sorry!!

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  12. I'm sorry sweetheart, losing a loved one is awful. There's nothing to say that isn't trite or cliche so I'll just say I hope you're doing okay :>

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  13. Hey sweetie. I wish I could say more than just I'm so sorry. But I am. Love you, Jenn

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