my dad passed away this weekend

My dad died on Friday evening, having struggled with Alzheimers for a few years.  Here are some great things in my life because of my dad:

  • a love and respect for the Holy Spirit:  my dad has always been super keen to be around the Holy Spirit and had tremendous respect and honor for what the Holy Spirit does and Who the Holy Spirit is
  • a love for beauty and creativity:  my dad has always been super creative & loved art and creative expressions in almost all ways.  To this day, my house is decorated with art that he passed on to me
  • respect for people:  my dad has always loved people and could chat for hours with all kinds of people – people at garage sales, people who would refinish furniture, people in restaurants, at stores, etc;  even if people were grumpy or mean, it didn’t phase my dad because he just liked people
  • hope for the future:  my dad has always been optimistic and had killer strong faith regardless of what he saw or experienced;  he confronted fear in my life when he saw that it was going to debilitate me & he challenged me to not let fear control me or my decisions

There’s TONS more to my dad – way more than a simple blog could express.  But this is a really small glimpse of a really great man.  Thanks heaps and heaps to my church family for being so supportive, gentle and kind to us through this experience.  If you’d like to join us when we celebrate his life, we’ll be having a celebration service on Nov 11 around 6pm at Orchard Road Christian Center