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    Hello Everyone,

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Rob & Family
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    My condolences Rob. So sorry to hear; he went with dignity.

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    My deepest sympathy, Rob.
    He must have been a remarkable man, you are very lucky, to have had a father like him.

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    I'm so sorry, Rob...love and best wishes to you and your family.

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    An extraordinary man; an extraordinary legacy; an extraordinary family.

    My deepest condolences.

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    Rob,
    Condolences to your family from Jeff and I.
    The memories of your father's extraordinary life will live on in the good memories of him that you and all of your family will always cherish.
    Take good care of yourself, my friend. We're here for you when you need to talk.
    Love & Hugs,
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    My deepest sympathys to you and your family, Rob. Your father must have been an exceptional man!

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    Tight, tight hugs...squueeze. From my heart to yours and your family. I am truly sorry, Rob. I pray the love of God enfolds you and your family during your journey through grief...I am sending you thoughts, vibes to find comfort and peace in your journey through grief. I am sorry, Rob...hugs with love.

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    I read the lyrics to the song and wept at my desk for all the hurt that you are feeling-not a pretty sight while at work.

    Telling of your Dad's funnier moments of his life at his memorial service would be exactly what your Dad would want. He'd be wanting you to get a chuckle out of the crowd.

    Know that all of us at WHL will be right there with you, Rob, supporting you, as you give homage to this extraordinary man-your father, your friend.

    Afterwards, take out your favorite car for a cruise, roll down the window and ask some young punks if they have any Grey Poupon. As you drive away blast Highway to Hell on the way to your favorite watering hole for a nice cold Guinness--raised in memory of your Dad.

    You can bet your best chowder that Dad would be proud of that one.

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    Rob,
    My thoughts are with you today.
    Love & Hugs,
    Marla

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