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    RAYLINSTEPHENS   243,403
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My daddy was the bravest man I knew.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thank you all for your prayers, your hugs, your virtual sympathy bouquet spark goodies.

Yesterday the world lost the best cheesecake baker known to man. In 1973 the NY Village Voice declared his cheesecake to be the best in New York City. He was interviewed on ABC by Bob Lape, a food critic. It was the first time Bob Lape ever took a 2nd bite when he interviewed someone - at least that is what he told my dad - the cheesecake was so good that he had to take a 2nd bite.

He will be missed by many for his humor, his laughter and of course, his cheesecake. The wondrous creations he could make with a little flour and water. I told people that I could make all his creations with the same recipe. They would say, "no way, how do you make danish, cheesecake, bread, etc. with the same recipe??"

All it ever took was, "daddy, I'm all out of ..." and it made whatever I desired. Just one simple recipe, "daddy, I'm all out of..."

I need some time to mourn - but I will be back sparking as soon as possible. My daddy always needed his "routine" to keep going. I too will get back to my routines as soon as possible.

I can do it!

For anyone curious, here is a link for where it says the recipe was voted # 1. You'd have to buy the Juniors Book to see my dad - not really worth it - I will post the picture in a later blog.

Read where it says, "We're Number 1!" It was the Village Voice column that had Bob Lape interviewing my dad, he was the Master Pastry Chef at Juniors and his specialty was the Cheesecake.

He told me the other day that so many times he would barely make it home from work and the phone would ring - they were out of cheesecake and he had to go back!

People that grew up in the Great Depression had work ethics we no longer see. I was raised that if I took a job, regardless of pay, I was supposed to do the best job I could. I was also raised as a child that if I babysat for someone I was not to demand money but accept whatever was offered. I am thankful for my upbringing. I learned early-on and was reminded daily that the world does not revolve around me. I am not the center of the universe.

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THMONGO 6/4/2011 6:54AM

    I am so sorry for your loss:( Prayers for comfort - and hugs to you. Your daddy sounds like a wonderful father, I know he'll be missed.


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    Dear Linda,
Words cannot adequately express my feelings right now. I want to send you an all-encompassing Love that will lift you in this time of sadness. I also know that during this time there is a special awareness that comes. It is filled with memories and understanding that surpasses our everyday awareness. It is very special. May you receive all the support you need and treasure the bond you had with your Dad. During these last few years on Spark, I could tell how much you have done for him and how he must treasure YOU!!! I Do! emoticon Janet

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TUDI4480 5/31/2011 11:40PM

    Linda, I know this is a pivotal moment in every child's life, no matter the age, when a parent moves on to another realm. Thanks for the info on your Dad and his #1 cheesecake.

As always, take care of you.

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LYNNE311 5/29/2011 10:59PM

    Wow, I read the article on your Dad's cheesecake. What's really amazing is the section on troubleshooting your problems with cheesecakes. Very informative, I'm saving this for future reference.


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KATHYPETERSON62 5/29/2011 10:57AM

    Firstly, sorry for your great loss, but reading this post I seem to think you have peace in knowing that your Dad is in a better place and one day again you will be with him.

He would be so proud that you are sharing his tribute here - he was evidently a truly wonderful person, and so are you! emoticon

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FITFABME2 5/29/2011 12:03AM

    He sounds like a wonderful man. So sorry for you...and I came to your page after seeing you had achieved your weight loss goal - I wanted to congratulate you. What an emotional roller coaster you must be riding this week.

Appropriate that it is Memorial will always remember your dad at the end of May especially in the future, I would imagine.

And, if you don't mind me saying...Woo Hoo for you hitting your weight loss goal. Great going!!

You will get back to your routine before you know it. emoticon

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LYNNE311 5/28/2011 3:09PM

    Now your father's heavenly cheescake will be food for the angels. Your writing is a real tribute to your Dad. He will stay near you for about a year (at least my Dad did, anyway)I still feel him, but he seems a little more distant. I think they want to be sure we're okay, and maybe it's hard for them to say goodbye, too. Okay, I'm crying again, gotta go. Best wishes. emoticon

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MILLIE5522 5/27/2011 10:38AM

    Thinking of you at this sad time.
You are an inspiration in so many ways to so many people and having such a lovely Dad sounds like he must have helped in making you the person you are. I wish you all the best.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/26/2011 11:08PM

    Dear Linda, you continue to inspire us with your love for your dear Dad. A sweet tribute to that love.

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GOIN4GR8 5/26/2011 10:42PM

    I'll bet your Dad is so very proud of you ... I'm sorry for your loss and glad for his peace.


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COOKWITHME65 5/26/2011 9:25PM

    I have been without the internet for two days and logged on to enter my food for the past few days and check to see how you were doing. Mixed feeling to see that he has past. Glad that he is with your Mom and no longer in pain and sad that you are dealing with this. What a great thing you did. I;m so very positive he was greatly appreciative of everything you did. So very sorry fot your families loss. When things settle down, get down and dirty in the kitchen and recreate his cheesecake recipe, take pictures and share pictures with us all if you see fit.

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2011 9:11PM

    What a sweet blog. Your dad would smile to read it. All parents want their children to feel that way about them.

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DINGALLSTOO 5/26/2011 8:29PM

    so sorry, wish we could have tried that cheesecake.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/26/2011 12:34PM

    Deepest sympathies on the loss of your brave daddy. You are an inspiration in how well you handled this terribly difficult situation. Your daddy was truly blessed to have you with him during this time. My daddy has been gone 6 years, but I think of him with love every day. - Marsha

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/26/2011 10:23AM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 5/26/2011 10:21AM

    emoticon Thank you for making the effort to blog today. Look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to do so.

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MUVFASTA 5/26/2011 9:56AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

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ANDREWS_MOM 5/26/2011 8:40AM

    I'm so sorry for you loss.
My prayers & thoughts are with your family.
I'm sure your dad is up inHraven smiling down on you right now!
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MIKAEELA 5/26/2011 8:34AM

    My deepest sympathy, dear Linda!!! God bless you!

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MISSM66 5/26/2011 7:36AM

    very very sorry, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/26/2011 7:33AM

    My sympathy to you and your family-hugs!

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MARTY728 5/26/2011 7:31AM

    My condolences on your loss. Thoughts and prayers sent. Among his family, friends and those who had the pleasure of enjoying his wonderful cheesecake your Father will be missed but never forgotten. emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/26/2011 5:08AM

    Ohh Darling !
I grieve with you is so hard to lose a Daddy and a Mum...
Try to think of the fact that he has no more pain ... Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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    You're in my thoughts and prayers Linda. Now your daddy is at peace! You were his angel in the end. Bright blessings to you both. emoticon emoticon

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ILSAWING 5/25/2011 11:29PM

    Linda, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you during this time.

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CLEVERSPIDER 5/25/2011 9:12PM

    Very sorry for your loss.

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GRALLEN 5/25/2011 8:24PM

    You take all the time you need sweetheart. And know in your heart of hearts we're all here for you.

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/25/2011 7:34PM


Totally understood. We will always be here for you. Someday when everything calms down I would love to know more about your father and Junior's Cheesecake. emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/25/2011 7:28PM

    Sorry to hear of your loss Linda.

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THEWINNER33 5/25/2011 4:31PM

    I am sorry for your loss. I lost my wonderful dad in 1976. God grant you peace and strength to accept your loss. Marcia

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I am so sorry for your loss. Take all the time you need for YOU.
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REMODELINGPAT 5/25/2011 3:47PM

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Isn't it wonderful to have a daddy who you can count on! I always knew my daddy was there for me...whatever I did...
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MYSLIMBODY 5/25/2011 3:35PM

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MARYANNGI 5/25/2011 2:38PM

    Sending emoticon and emoticon your way. Sounds like your dad was a wonderful man!

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T2SEE140 5/25/2011 2:27PM

  We'll be thinking of you. Take all the time you need. I'm sorry for your loss. *HUGS* emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/25/2011 2:24PM

    Take whatever time you need Linda....we'll be here when you come back.

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KLONG8 5/25/2011 2:17PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like a great guy and a wonderful dad.

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PIXIEMOM13 5/25/2011 2:15PM

    From one Daddy's girl to another... I'm so sorry for your loss.

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REBECCAMA 5/25/2011 2:08PM

    SO sorry for your loss.

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KINSBAILE 5/25/2011 1:27PM

    I am sorry for your loss. I am glad he and you were brave to get through this time.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/25/2011 1:27PM

    emoticon You did right by him and I know he loved you and was so proud to have you with him all the way. You allowed him to come to this crossroads with dignity. Take all the time you need. I'm here for you.... emoticon So sorry for your loss.

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CICI510 5/25/2011 12:38PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your father sounded like an amazing man and I know he will be missed. emoticon

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KATWOMAN234 5/25/2011 12:03PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. The strengh and love you showed in the final part of his journey are amazing.

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    Love to you and yours... what a special your Daddy was... we'll be here when you get back... and will be thinking of you...
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BLESSEDGIGI 5/25/2011 10:56AM

    emoticon I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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    Your daddy sounds wonderful! ((((Hugs)))) Thanks for sharing cherished memories.

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BEYOURBEST1 5/25/2011 10:48AM

May God give you peace and comfort in these very difficult times.

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VIKKIROWE 5/25/2011 10:42AM

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He sounds awesome and I know you will miss him greatly. I may not have known him... but I do share one of his "other" greatest creations --- YOU! He is still with us, because there is you. . emoticon emoticon You are in my thoughts and prayers

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SPLASH1105 5/25/2011 10:31AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my prayers.

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