Sunday, September 17, 2006

This morning at 3:30 AM, my dad breathed his last. My mom was holding his hand. I haven't cried since. I feel relieved that his struggle is over. I know I will start crying in the days to come, and I certainly cried many tears in the days leading up to this moment...but for now, I am at complete peace.

I will miss you, Dad.


headphonaught said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Love you

Thomas aka Headphonaught

Kim said...

THe angels wings will cover you tonight. Press you head against the breast of Christ.
You are loved. You are prayed about.

Pondering Pig said...

God bless you, girl. I am so glad you were there, or standing nearby. There's people far away who you never even met who love your heart and care about you and will be lifting you up these next days. Go well now. Your Dad must have been an amazing guy to father such a daughter. He'll be striding into heaven feeling pretty cool right about now, cause he did the work he was supposed to do.

Existential Punk said...

So sorry for your loss but glad you are at peace. You and your family are in my prayers. Remember, everyone is different when and how long they grieve. Pax, Adele

Liisa said...

Hey Paula, Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the coming days. But I know that he is in the place where he wants to be. Having fulfilled God's calling in his life. You know I will always and forever remember his smiling face as he drove his scooter along Main St. on Parade Day 2006 waving his Canada flag and smiling from ear to ear. He was truly the life of the parade. He just had such an amazing way of bringing a smile to everyone he came across with his positive and loving heart. Love you Paula and we are here for you.

The Krulicki's

Patrushka said...

Paula, my heart goes out to you and your family right now...even though you know your dad is okay and you are coping, this kind of "goodbye" hurts so much. I'm glad his loved ones were with him to the end, just like he was there for all you when you needed him. God bless you.

Karin said...

We were married at Mount Olive in 1973 and Kurt, who "married" us, suggested that we ask the new pastor to pray sometime during the ceremony.... our introduction to Abe Rempel.
Our paths crossed years later when Abe and Lester travelled from Cornation to Youngstown to preach from time to time during the months when the church was without a pastor. That is when we met Abe the story teller.
My strongest memory is his HUGE voice, strong and clear. That and the smile that was always present at the corners of his mouth and his eyes.
Though we never knew him well, we will remember a kind and loving man.
I ask God to continue to comfort and strenthen each of you and as Stuart used to pray, "grieve well".

Spoke said...

Psalm 15
A psalm of Abe.
He gave me so much, and asked so little.
Best of all, he gave me "PAR3". Give Jesus a kiss for me dad. See you soon.

Kim said...

I first met your dad by asking him over the phone what your phone number is. He told me that I should look it up and memorize it! I was stunned and asked if he'd please tell me anyways. So he did and he insisted that I memorize it there on the spot, telling me the best way to do so. I did and I still know your number. After that I learned how much fun he is and realized he was just having a joke on me. He was a great guy!

RadioSilence said...

Paula, I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family now.


RC said...

may God bring peace to you and your family.

Delynne said...

I haven't updated myself with your blog for a while, and am so sorry to read this news. I read back and wept over the sweetness of you playing hairdresser to your dad. I pray continued peace for you today.

papa herman said...

Much love to you and your family.

What a blessing that your Mom could be there and hold his hand!

Your family will be in my prayers.

Funkyewe said...

Paula, I am sorry to hear about your Dad. I know you will miss him for a while until you see him again someday in heaven.


Anonymous said...

my father passed away on 30th May this year...I didnt cry then, either. And Paula, i know just how you felt..I cried so many times hiding my tears so that my dad did not see me cry.
I cried...wiped my face...and went up to him cracking silly jokes.
a day before he died i finished all my when i was holding him , while he left us peacefully...i was as you said "completely at peace".
i know how you feel....and may God rest his soul.