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JDSteeler
06-19-2010, 11:18 AM
..because today would have been my dad's 85th.

He passed away of old age and natural causes on 9/29/09.

This will be the first time I will have spent his birthday without him being
here. Seems a little sureal, if you ask me.

He had a great sense of humor, and loved to make people laugh with his
corny, but funny jokes. You either loved him or hated him. He had two
different personalities, being a Gemini fit him well. If you, as he said,
"were with him", he did anything for you. If you were, as he said, "were
one of them", you were the enemy. I tried to be "with him" for the most
part.... LOL!

He was no Steelers fan, but he did take me to my first football game.

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was 11 yrs old, and we went
to see the Steelers whoop the 49ers 24-7 on 11/27/78. After that game,
I was a Steeler Fanatic FOR LIFE!! That was also the season that the Steelers
eventually won SB XIII.

He didn't have a favorite team, but you could say that he liked the
49ers since he did grow up in San Francisco, and was familiar with many
of the players from the 50's-60's.

Oh, how he loved to tease me about the Steelers and the players. He would say,
"How's Abercrombie, and Fitch ? I had no idea what that meant, but it sure pissed
me off when he said it. Or he'd say, "They found O'Donnell inside Lake"...

The first time I showed him my Steelers Tat, he started to laugh like, Norman Fell
aka Mr. Roper, from 3's Company. You know, Big ole smile, and pretend to
be histerical, without really laughing or making a sound. Yeh, that pissed
me off also....LOL!

However, he did get a good laugh about the "Fork of Greatness", and was
very proud that his son was on the radio. (I don't know this to be true,
but I think so.) LOL!

I miss the crap he used to give me, whether it was football or just life
itself.

I'd give anything to show him a replay of Walter Abercrombie taking
a pitch, and stumbling, bumbling for 3-yards. Or to show him my Steelers
Tat just one more time.... :(

Happy Birthday DAD!!! :Cheers

JD

Djfan
06-19-2010, 11:23 AM
Thanks for sharing JD. I always consider these parts of a human heart to be sacred. It's an honor to walk this small part of it with you.

Sorry about your loss.

JDSteeler
06-19-2010, 11:27 AM
Thanks for sharing JD. I always consider these parts of a human heart to be sacred. It's an honor to walk this small part of it with you.

Sorry about your loss.

Thx, and appreciate the sentiment.

JD

ramblinjim
06-19-2010, 11:35 AM
sorry for you loss JD, thank you for sharing.

SteelCrazy
06-19-2010, 01:42 PM
Sorry for your loss....You do have those great memories and although it is not the same, or even close, it is the best comfort (I lost my Mom 13 years ago).

SanAntonioSteelerFan
06-19-2010, 01:51 PM
JD - God Bless, and your memories are something I know you will always treasure.

SASF

RuthlessBurgher
06-19-2010, 03:01 PM
For all of those whose fathers are still with them, take JD's words to heart, and be sure to make a new lasting memory by doing something with your Dad on Father's Day tomorrow. Thanks, man.

hawaiiansteel
06-19-2010, 06:29 PM
aloha JD,

very sorry to hear of your loss, God Bless you and your family.

Steelgal
06-19-2010, 06:40 PM
JD, you'll always have those amazing memories!! Very sorry for you loss.

Ozey74
06-19-2010, 10:39 PM
Like you JD, I am without my pops. He passed on suddenly in 95' when I was 21 years old. The best tribute you can give your old man is to live your life displaying the values that he passed on to you.


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steeler_fan_in_t.o.
06-21-2010, 12:27 AM
My 11th year without my dad. On days like today I always like to share stories of my dad with my kids....neither of whom were born yet when he had passed.

At times likes this I never say "sorry about your loss" but instead I'll say "congratulations on your experiences". You are blessed with many years of wonderful memories - without which there would be no feeling of loss.

flippy
06-21-2010, 09:51 AM
We'll keep giving you the business in his honor. Clearly the person that posts on this board is a reflection of your father and his legacy continues on strong.

Now go get another fork and give us all a good laugh!!!!!

fordfixer
06-21-2010, 10:31 AM
Sorry for your loss

JDSteeler
06-21-2010, 11:39 AM
We'll keep giving you the business in his honor. Clearly the person that posts on this board is a reflection of your father and his legacy continues on strong.

Now go get another fork and give us all a good laugh!!!!!

Whatever it takes!!!!

JD

JDSteeler
06-21-2010, 11:48 AM
To all my fellow brothers, and sisters....

My family and I thank all of you who posted, and even the people
who didn't post, but said a little prayer instead.

That's why I like being part of the SteelerNation, it's just like one big, extended
family.

JD