He finally lost his battle with cancer. Mom and I were by his side, and he went peacefully. As he put it: “I’m 87. I have to die of something!” Mom is in the process of moving into a retirement village, so she has her support group around her. deesiresjohn and I are 15 minutes away, so she will be fine.
My father was a teacher for over 50 years, both formally and informally. The lives he touched are countless and scattered across the planet. We have run into his students everywhere, from Kansas to Alaska. They all remember him. He was an irascible old coot in his later years, but sharp to the last. I can think of no better monument to his memory than the knowledge and love of learning he shared with his students, and me. We’ll miss you, Dad.
silenus I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. It sounds like he died a peaceful death surrounded by people who love him. That was a wonderful tribute you wrote.
I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like he had a gentle death, and a very good life. Know that his love of teaching lives on in you and continues to change the world for the better. My best wishes to you and your whole family.