stand4hope Posted June 26, 2004 Share Posted June 26, 2004 My friends, The long, hard battle my dad has fought for years, especially the last five months is over. He joined my mom in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at 1:47 p.m. today. My dad was a kind, compassionate, loving man. He was in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, was married to my mom for 51 years at the time of her death, raised four children, has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a truck drive for an asphalt company and retired in 1992. He was 76 years young. My brother, my two sisters, my pastor and me were all with him at the time his sweet heart stopped beating. My husband was also with us all morning, but went home so he could be with our son when I called him with the news. My dad had a very hard life, but no matter how bad things ever were, he was always optimistic. Whenever I was sad or worried, he always said, "Think positive, baby, think positive." Those were his very words to me when I told him about my husband's diagnosis through my tears. Since Jan. 30, 2004 he has been in the hospital, ICU twice, an acute long-term care hospital, and most recently in a skilled care nursing facility. When he left his home in an ambulance at 5:00 a.m. on Jan. 30, he never thought for a minute that he would never go back home again. He kept "thinking positive." He won the hearts of every nurse in every facility that touched him. He winked at them, flirted with them, made them laugh, and always smiled at them and never - NOT ONE TIME - ever complained about anything. NEVER! Even though he was on a ventilator, feeding tube and couldn't talk, he never complained and he always smiled at everyone. ALWAYS! He returned by ambulance to the same hospital in ICU where he started this whole journey in January, and was cared for by two of the same nurses that fell in love with him in February, and his pulmonary doctor for the past 15 years. Both of the nurses said to me that when they saw the name of the person that was coming in, they said, "Oh no, not Cliff." He was the best. All four of us are really going to miss our dad. We will be saying good-bye to him Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Love, Peggy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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