Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Thank you all for being here to support the memory and life of such a great man.
My dad has been the glue for our family for so long. Family has always been and is what my father believes in. I'm talking in the present because I believe that love never dies. And my fathers love for us and all his dear friends will always be here.
No matter our families differences and our spats my father reminded us that our family was beautiful and glorious in its imperfection. Family is everything
In his lifetime he's been such a giving person. As a father, grandfather, husband, brother, and friend he has shown such selflessness for all he has known.
My dad has always done things in the benefit of others. It was never important for him to receive credit or thanks for the many things he did. He just wanted to help.
He would always come over and secretly take out my trash, because he knew I would stop him from carrying anything heavy. I'm sure everyone here can attest to the kindness and strong belief he has in helping others. Anything small or big that he could do he was driven to do it.
My daddy survived a shark attack, congestive heart failure, cancer of the neck, prostate cancer, he was hit by a car, and the latest battle was liver failure. My dad was a fighter and a survivor. He taught everyone who knew him about true strength.
He has always been stubborn and willful and that's what's kept him with us so long.
He told me on his last days that he was going to do this "His way". And I really believe he did. My dad has always been a free adventurous spirit.
He traveled the world, he's been to far off places and was always so curious about history, culture, and world discoveries.
He worked for NASA and helped with the space program. He traveled across the world and met my mother who he has always and will forever love.
He's been a scuba diver, been in the coast guard. But I know his favorite role has been a father and grandfather. He loved all his children with all his heart. Family has always been so important to him. It's where he found his happiness.
Christmas is my dad's favorite holiday. When we were kids it was so important for him to give us that perfect mysterious and wonderful christmas. I believed in santa to the point where some might be concerned about my well being.
My dad just made it so special. There were years that he would dress up and drop off the gifts under the tree. Our living room would just overflow with gifts. He carried that on to his grandchildren.
After the year my sister Alenides passed my dad began giving out calenders for christmas. He would write down on everyones calendar family members birthdays, and the year that they passed. Only now as I write this do I realize that the gift he was giving us was about the gift of life, And the gift of knowing that the time we have is short, and you should do what you love. My dad loved being there for us, and helping us in anyway that he could.
I believe that dad will always own christmas. It's always been his favorite time because it is the time for giving. And dad gave us a wonderful gift of staying with us for christmas. He gave and fought for us until the very end. I love him so much for all that he is and all that he's shown us. And I know that he will always be with us.
He lived life "His way" and found his happiness in giving.