Yesterday morning, my father's battle with lung cancer came to an end. Dad's passing was both peaceful, and dignified. He left this world surrounded by his family. I held his hand as he took his final breath, and as an extraordinary life came to an end.
There were many tears, but there were also many laughs to be had as we recalled Dad's neverending sense of humor and love of practical jokes. And, there were many proud smiles to be had when looking back upon a life defined by incredible generosity and a constant drive to help others in need no matter the cost.
Last week, when we learned that impending life support procedures would cause Dad to no longer be able to speak, his last words to his family, were to tell us an incredibly funny joke. He was about to enter the final days of his life, yet his final act was to bring smiles and comfort to the frightened, and tear filled faces of his family surrounding him in the emergency room. That's the kind of man he was.
Dad will be laid to rest in the Veterans Memorial Park at the State Capitol in Augusta. There will be a motorcade, and the service will be conducted by the USMC Honor Guard and Chaplain in recognition of Dad's service as a United States Marine, and for his nearly three decades of service as a Special Agent with the United States Treasury Department.
My family and I would like to express our utmost gratitude to all of the wonderful people here at WHL for the endless prayers and support given during this difficult time. Thank you all, so very much.
And now, my family and I will face the future as my father lived his life- Straight on, with steadfast determination, and with a smile.
Rob & Family