I made this bulletin cover, with photos of Dad, for it as well. We wanted this not to be a mourning of Dad's death, but instead, a celebration of Dad's life.
Our family was overwhelmed yesterday at the number of people who came to show their respects for our Dad at the Visitation. From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. was the time for it, but the lines were long all during that time, and extended well down the block as well as inside the church. It was after 8 p.m. by the time we greeted and thanked all who had stood in line, some for over 2 hours! We just guess-timated on the numbers who came, probably went over 800 people!
Our thanks and love to all who came to the visitation and funeral, and expressed such kind comments for us about Dad. It truly meant a lot to us all!
Each of us, during the funeral, had a chance to share something about Dad, and we did. It was a time of tears, and some laughing as we fondly remembered stories and jokes and things about Dad. I think Dad would have been crying and laughing right along with us all. And the hymns and praise we chose were awesome too, thank you Christ Church Music Ministry, especially Susanne and Ron Nelson, and Tanya and Mike who did a duet of the Lord's Prayer as well...we SOOO appreciate you all!
I even had several family members as well as friends come to me after the funeral and say, "I want these exact same hymns for my own funeral!"... guess we have a lot of pre-planned ones now too.
And special thanks to the women (and men), of Christ Church for the funeral, luncheon, love and compassion shown to all our family. Thank you especially to friend and church family member, Patricia Leverick, for all she did in getting this together for so many people! We had tables set up for the luncheon upstairs in all areas, as well as in the Parish Hall....it was amazing at how many people we could actually fit in for a luncheon! THANK YOU!!
God has blessed us with a terrific man of God, in our Dad, and with a wonderful extended family and friends in so many ways!! xoxox Our love and thanks to you all!