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    dear rob i am so very sorry for your loss your father even though i didnot know him personally in these last few months i feel i have a sense of who he was through you. and he was a exceptional man with a sense of humour and love of life. hang on to those memories my friend as you grieve my thoughts are with you and your family luv and hugs kim.

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    Your father had to be extraordinary because his son sure is. My love to you, karen and your entire family at this difficult time
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    i remember many comments about the apple not falling too far from the tree.

    if you are anything like your father........
    he will be greatly missed.

    thank you for sharing this at a very difficult time.
    my thoughts are with you, and your family.
    please hug mum for me.

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    My thoughts are with you and your family. Remember the good times.

    Hugs to you all,
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    So sorry Rob, my thoughts are with you.
    "With gentle hands and the heart of a fighter, I am a survivor!" - Reba McEntire

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    Rob,

    Just having got back from vacation and getting caught up. I am so sorry to hear about your father. Just like many of the others have said, even though I never met him, I feel as if I knew him from your talks of him. He sounds a lot like my father was - a wonderful man! Keeping you & your family in prayer.
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    So sorry for your loss Rob, sounds like you had an amazing father. Sending hugs, strenght and blessings to you and your family in this time of dificulty.

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    Hi Everyone,

    The memorial service for Dad will be tomorrow. The actual funeral at Veterans Memorial Park will be in two weeks.

    I'll be delivering a eulogy and speak about some of Dad's funnier exploits over the years tomorrow. If I can make it
    through without breaking down, I'll be happy. I still can't believe he's gone.

    We'll be playing some music, starting with one song we chose as a family called Into the West by Annie Lennox-

    Into the West-Annie Lennox

    Lay down
    Your sweet and weary head
    Night is falling
    You have come to journey's end
    Sleep now
    And dream of the ones who came before
    They are calling
    From across a distant shore
    Why do you weep?
    What are these tears upon your face?
    Soon you will see
    All of your fears will pass away

    Safe in my arms
    You're only sleeping

    What can you see
    On the horizon?
    Why do the white gulls call?
    Across the sea
    A pale moon rises
    The ships have come to carry you home
    And all will turn
    To silver-glass
    A light on the water
    All souls pass

    Hope fades
    Into the world of night
    Through shadows' falling
    Out of memory and time
    Don't say
    We have come now to the end
    White shores are calling
    You and I will meet again

    And you'll be here in my arms
    Just sleeping

    What can you see
    On the horizon?
    Why do the white gulls call?
    Across the sea
    A pale moon rises
    The ships have come to carry you home
    And all will turn
    To silver-glass
    A light on the water
    Grey ships pass
    Into the West


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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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