Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 19, 1924

That is the day a most wonderful human being was Daddy.

Today is his birthday and he would be 86 today, I can not even imagine it. You see, he died when I was only 18 yrs old some 32 yrs ago. I only remember him as my beloved full of life Dad and friend. We were always getting into trouble on our adventures. I was always up to go with my Daddy! Whether it was buying a camper, new car, our first color TV or a goofy Christmas present for my Mother, I was the one that was at his side. Oh, but one time he did leave me at my Grandparents house some 20 miles away. When he got home my Mom asked "where is Ann?" He forgot me! Oh well I spent a great weekend with my Grandparents!

Dad loved being with his kids and neices and nephews

No one had a better sense of humor than my Dad. I can see him turning up the volume on the stereo and dancing to Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass....he would grab me and twirl me. He was our HS science teacher, and most every ones favorite teacher. He loved teaching and started the football program at our High School.

He was a product of the depression. At one time at 1515 he and his parents and two sisters had to welcome his grandparents and uncle to live with them. My cousin told me the story of how during the depression my grandfather sent him into the attic of 1515 to get some old gas light pipes they could use to repair the plumbing.

He was drafted before he graduated HS, but was allowed to finish. He served his country in the Pacific. Before he left, he proposed to my Mother in her is one of the most treasured things I own.

Mom and Dad on the steps at 1515

For his birthday every year they would put up the Christmas tree at 1515 and his Mother made him a White Coconut Cake.

 I know God makes so many great people, but to me my Daddy is right up there at the top.

                                                   Happy Birthday my Dear Daddy,

Love, Ann


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh such a loving and wonderful remembrance of your dad. How precious to have such sweet memories of him. I am sure he has a constant watch over you from heaven. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a sweet tribute to your Dad on his birthday. He was always smiling, as I remember him and yes, a good teacher. I know you miss his so.

Rebecca said...

What a lovely tribute-why does God take the good ones early-sometimes I think the rest of us still have lots to learn or to teach other-I know I sitll have a lot to learn. Wish I could have known him-love to hear more stories about him next time we're together!

very merry vintage style said...

What a beautiful post and tribute to your dad. Love the pictures and the memories!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I'm glad you have so many good memories of your Dad. He sounds like a wonderful man. You and I were both lucky, we got the great Dads!!

gail said...

Hi Ann-Happy birthday to your dad. He seems like he was quite a person and I am sorry you lost him so early in your life! What wonderful memories you have, though!
p.s. my grandson's 4th birthday is today

Victorian1885 said...

Good evening Ann
I too lost my Dad early..I was 20 years old and it makes me so sad thinking of all of the things he missed seeing in his life. I know my sons would have loved having their grandfather in their lives. Your Dad seems very similar to mine..a gentle soul and a loving father. I am comforted knowing he is always with me.
Have a great Holiday season with your loved ones!