Wednesday, February 27, 2013
My FIL passed away early this morning - as they're on the west coast & we're on the east, I didn't know when I posted my earlier blog.
It was a blessing, unfortunately, he suffered from dementia for about the last 10 years of his life. He was 80.
He was a brilliant man who seemed to do a lot of the things they recommend after he retired. But he didn't eat great for much of his life or exercise much, either. I'd like to say DH learned something from that, but healthy living is not really high on his priorities.
He was also always interested in what you were doing, patient (altho he didn't suffer fools gladly), & willing to take you anywhere you wanted to go.
In an ironic twist of fate, they just finally sold their house on Cape Cod last week & my husband was already on the west coast for a conference. He was flying up to be with them as his father took his last breaths. I'm sorry he couldn't be with his family before, but the truth is his Dad left a long time ago.
He doesn't want me to come out & his mom doesn't want a ceremony - neither is a decision I understand but will respect. He & his sister want to have a memorial at some point in NJ, where his parents grew up (and my husband was born) & where much of his mother's family still lives.
Give your loved ones a hug & tell them you love them.