I miss this guy. Always up for a party, always making bad jokes and always loving life even at the end. We had such an amazing time together during his last precious days, laughing on the porch, sharing knowing looks, just being in each others company like we had a million times before... but this time we both knew it was different. See Dad had a plan and he played it like a perfect game of dominoes. I had a job on a movie that he told me to take instead of coming down to see him when I was booked to, then once I had arrived he got out of his bed (where he had been for days) and back onto the porch. We listened, we talked and we partied the way through those last life changing days together and then he decided it was time. He went back to bed and proceeded to let go. He gave me those perfect moments together on the porch to carry with me forever and I love him even more for that, if that's even possible.
I did write a eulogy for Dad at his services and I won't try to repeat it here, as it's such a momentary experience that's hard to describe, but I do want to honour him by sharing this news of his passing with anyone who chooses to read the public blog. I do want everyone to know that, if you have the chance to spend quality time with your closest loved ones, don't hesitate, as it's too important to pass up. As we all grow older and hopefully a little wiser, having these final moments with Dad are pure gold and I will always carry on his life lessons and honour his smiling legacy.
Below is one of my favourite pictures of him. He sits amongst a crowd of people, where he always felt at home being the social animal he was, simply enjoying a fun time with his family and always wearing the most ridiculous Canadian themed t-shirts!
Love ya Pops