January 11, 1921 – November 10, 2013

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Pops: son, brother, friend, student, naval officer, professor, uncle, husband, father, grandfather.

And now, blithe spirit.

 

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return

35 Responses to January 11, 1921 – November 10, 2013

  1. Kelly H November 11, 2013 at #

    So very sorry for your loss Polly. I loved reading about your father here. May he rest in peace.

  2. Susan November 11, 2013 at #

    Oh, Polly, I’m sitting here with a few tears and a smile. What a lovely presence in the world, your dad. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us via your stories…..and I hope you can feel your friends circling around you, holding you and yours close as you celebrate, mourn, and remember a wonderful man.

  3. Sharon November 11, 2013 at #

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

  4. Trisha November 11, 2013 at #

    I’m so sorry. My heart breaks for your family.

  5. Julia G November 11, 2013 at #

    my condolences, Polly.

  6. kim November 11, 2013 at #

    Oh, so sorry for your loss, feel for you and your family. You’ve written so eloquently about him, so know what a huge place he kept in your heart and life.

  7. Eliza November 11, 2013 at #

    You have given us all such a wonderful gift in allowing us to know your Pops through photographs and words shared here over the years. Your love for each other has shined so brightly on our screens. Thank you for allowing us to see him, and to see him and you together and with the rest of your family. And for allowing us to grieve a bit with you today, and this week, and forever more. Sending love and light to all and best wishes that you can come together to comfort one another in this time.

  8. Cindy Blazer November 11, 2013 at #

    So so sorry. Thinking of you and your entire family today.

  9. Lesley November 11, 2013 at #

    I hope you are surrounded y lots of love, understanding and beutiful memories. I know how hard it is to lose a Dad and how much of a gap it leaves. My heart goes out to you and your family. Take care.

  10. Maggie November 11, 2013 at #

    So sorry for your loss, Polly. What a kind and gentle spirit your father seemed to be. Thank you for sharing stories about him over the years. Because of your writing, he will surely be remembered for generations to come…

  11. Jay November 11, 2013 at #

    May his memory be for a blessing. Be gentle with yourself.

  12. Gabrielle November 11, 2013 at #

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. Sending light and healing to you and yours. Thank you for sharing him with us. It was truly a delight reading about the man he was.

  13. Heather November 11, 2013 at #

    You have written so many eloquent posts and thoughts about him over the years it feels almost personal. And losing your dad is beyond hard. I lost mine young, I was still in high school and he was only forty, but it has always seemed to me that it would be harder to lose your parent as an adult. More memories, more layered relationship, more to lose and miss. So many warm thoughts are being sent your way from our family.

  14. leo November 11, 2013 at #

    Thank you for sharing him with us. I feel I’ve gotten to know him through your writing here. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  15. Valerie Prilop November 12, 2013 at #

    I am so so sorry. I have loved reading about your father over the years.

  16. Birch November 12, 2013 at #

    I am so sorry for your loss.Thank you for sharing him with us in this small way.

  17. Emily November 12, 2013 at #

    So so sorry for the loss of your dad. I truly loved reading your stories about him and could tell he was an amazing man. Sending so much love your way and lots of hugs too.

  18. Jen November 12, 2013 at #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love to you and your family, whom I have never met, but who I feel so much for through your writing.

  19. tracynicholrose November 12, 2013 at #

    So very sorry for your loss. He sounded like a dear sweet man and you described such a lovely relationship with him. I hope those memories live on with you and your family forever.

  20. Deb November 12, 2013 at #

    Oh Polly. My thoughts are with you and your family. May all of your memories keep him with you. Thank you so much for sharing so much of him with us, what a life, what a beautiful life.

  21. Jess November 12, 2013 at #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for the stories you’ve shared. I still tear up when I remember the one about how you told him you were the son he never had and he replied that you were the son he DID have. He’s remembered and respected by people he never met.

  22. ohjennymae November 12, 2013 at #

    i love the words you have spoken about your dad and i hope you know just how lucky you are to have had such a wonderful guy as yours. peace to you all.

  23. Curtis November 12, 2013 at #

    My life is richer for having known him. He was a great guy and made any room better for being in it. I will miss him.

  24. Erin November 12, 2013 at #

    Oh I loved knowing your father! Truly I did, even though I never met him. The pleasure was all mine, Polly, and I am sending you such love.

  25. labelsareforjars November 13, 2013 at #

    A beautiful soul. My heart goes out to you and your family as you traverse this new path of life without him. Many hugs coming your way.

  26. Deborah November 13, 2013 at #

    Joining the chorus–my thoughts are with you all. Peace.

  27. SJ November 13, 2013 at #

    I’ve checked on you all week. I just knew.

    You will never be apart. I have loved learning about, and getting to know a piece of your dad. Thank you. Thinking of you all.

  28. Wendryn November 13, 2013 at #

    I’m so sorry. From what you’ve written, he sounds like he was an amazing person who will be sorely missed. *hugs*

  29. Kate November 13, 2013 at #

    My thoughts are with your family now. I too have loved hearing your stories of your Dad. He sounded like a great man. Much love.

  30. KimK November 13, 2013 at #

    I am so sorry to hear about you and your family’s loss. Thank you for sharing your dad in this space and giving us all a chance to know what a special person he was.

  31. pajamamommas November 13, 2013 at #

    So sorry for your loss. He sounds like such a lovely man.

  32. Lynda M Otvos November 14, 2013 at #

    My condolences, Polly, to your family during this time of sorrow and joy, pain and passion, peace and remembrances. Your writings have given us a glimpse, and often deeper, into his inimitable life, his unconditional love and acceptance and encouragement of you and your sister, the way he loved your mom… for all that I thank you.

  33. Michelle L. Roy November 14, 2013 at #

    Polly, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I have enjoyed reading about him here. Seeing the photos of him and your little ones. Your love and adoration of him so clear. May your heart find song for healing. May the stories of his life be carried in celebration through the generations to come. Much peace, light, and love to you all.

  34. LD November 18, 2013 at #

    Thank you to each of you. He was humbled (and also tickled) to know he had a clutch of admirers here. Your kind thoughts are a balm.

  35. Rachel November 18, 2013 at #

    My condolences. I’ve read your blog for years be have appreciated the stories about your father that you’ve shared!

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