Good bye Dad

richdelmoDecember 9, 2008

My dad passed away Monday evening after a short but very tough battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 89 and lived a good life. He tried so hard to adapt to life style changes this disease brought to him. He fought harder than you could imagine but this brutal disease never loses. He will be sorely missed.

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kqcrna(z6 SW Oh)

I'm so sorry, Rich.

Karen

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 11:06AM
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seedmama(7)

Rich, I'm so sorry. Perhaps you can winter sow something known for its adaptability in his honor?

Seedmama

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 11:11AM
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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

Thinking of you.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 11:20AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Rich, I'm so sorry. It's so hard to let go of the old folks in our lives, I'm sure you'll miss him always. Please take some comfort in knowing he is beyond the reach of this terrible illness - my neighbor lost her mother to ALS a few years ago and it's a particularly difficult disease. I extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 11:31AM
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jspeachyn5

I'm sorry for your loss.
Blessings for you and your family.
Bonnie

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 12:23PM
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ghoghunter

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Joann

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 12:50PM
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patrushka(z5 IN)

Rich, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and comforting thoughts your way.

I lost my dad in 2005 and discovered winter sowing that winter. My dad loved to grow things from seed so winter sowing is a way for me to remember and connect to him.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 1:07PM
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ronald(Z5 MI)

Rich
It always a very bad time when we lose our parents.
No words can sooth the pain. He is now in a better place.
My thoughts are with you.
Ron

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 1:08PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

The loss of a parent is a great sadness. I send my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Bobbie

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 1:32PM
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wendeyzee(z5Wa)

Big Hugs Rich,
I'm sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you!!
Wendey

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 1:37PM
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greylady_gardener

Rich,
I have never 'spoken' to you before, but I want to offer my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Father. My sympathies to you and all who loved him.
gg

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 3:05PM
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cloud_9(z5 CT)

Rich - I'm so sorry for your loss. Hold tight to precious memories. (((Rich)))
Debra

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 3:58PM
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tiffy_z5_6_can(5/6)

Dear Rich,

I truly hope that you find comfort in your memories of such a precious father. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your loved ones.

Nicole.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 5:35PM
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not_a_contessa(z5b S Central PA mtns.)

Rich, you're in our thoughts at this sad time.

Mary

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 10:24PM
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littleonefb

Rich,

You are in my thoughts as well. Plant a garden in his memory, plants that will remind you of your father and the love you have for him.

Fran

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 1:00AM
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lillyjane(6)

(((((RICH))))) hugs to ya,
My Dad passed 2 years ago from a 9 month battle with cancer, (it still hurts) I also just lost one of my best friends to cancer last week, she was only 59 "( They will always be with us in our hearts & in spirit, & we will see then again in a better place.
Jan

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 3:15AM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Ron,

Thank you for sharing about the loss of your Dad. My father passed away suddenly a couple of months ago, and I am still dealing grieving, so I know how much it means to have the thoughts and prayers of those you are close to.

I will add you to my prayer list.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 10:43AM
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diggerdee

Rich, I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you, your family, and all who knew and loved your father.

God bless,
Dee

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 3:09PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

So very sorry for your loss, Rich.
My thoughts are with you.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 8:07PM
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girlgardener_2007

Rich, my prayers are for, may God bless and keep you in peace.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 9:15PM
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rosepedal(Four seasons zone4/5)

Rich,

I am so sorry for the loss of your father..Big Hug to you from WI ....Barb

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 6:56AM
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newbie_in_nj(6b E/Central NJ)

Rich, I too don't "know" you but know the loss of a parent.

That is what led me to gardening and I feel my mother with me doing anything that brings something of beauty to life.

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

It's very hard but we can't change it. I hold tight (probably too tight) to my Dad. When they're of the "very good guy" kind it's hard to think of life without them.

Hang in there and may you find solace in things that bring joy into your life.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 8:15AM
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trudi_d

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've lost both my folks, Pop has been gone nearly twenty years and Mom over ten. There is recovery, there will be bad days for you in the next few years, but over time the tears and agony seem to come less and not hurt so deeply, you recover quicker from the wound of emptiness.

Planting a memorial garden or tree and/or making truly beneficial donations in your father's name will help fill a lot of the void.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 3:16PM
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laura_in_cinti(6)

So sorry to hear about your dad. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. --Laura

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 3:26PM
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albertar(z7 LINY)

My deepest condolences to you and your family Rich.

Alberta

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 5:01PM
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nikkineel(GA 8/7b)

Rich, I'm saying a prayer for your family. Nikki

    Bookmark   December 12, 2008 at 11:45PM
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richdelmo

Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. Yesterday the military played taps at the funeral and presented me with a folded American flag. Dad served in the army and earned a purple heart in WWII, the presentation was so moving. Thank you again and may good health and peace be with you and your families.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 9:24AM
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ollierose

I am sorry for your loss and hope that fond memories bring peace in your heart.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2008 at 3:54PM
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carrie630(z7bNC)

Rich - My heart goes out to you and your family - I am so sorry for your Dad's passing......

Love, Carrie

    Bookmark   December 26, 2008 at 4:09PM
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moonphase(z7 Ga)

Rich,I am so sorry to come here and read this about your dad passing.I lost my bro in 2004 also to this terrible disease.I was thankful he never had to suffer long,as I have seen some pts. do.You and your family will surely be in my prayers.God will surely give you the help you need.
moonphase

    Bookmark   December 26, 2008 at 9:13PM
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