Life and Death Mystery

Last Update: November 22, 2020

"Life is a secret; Death remains mystery" ~ R.R Matt. Smith

Last week was very sad for me and my family - today is a week since my 100-year-old father passed away from Covid. So this post is a tribute to him. Since you are also my family, I feel that I can share and celebrate his life with you. Believe me, I can tell stories of him and his life for as long as you will listen. But don't worry, I will not bore you with details (even though they are very remarkable).

For as long as I can remember, he made the first toast at all our family gatherings. It was always more of a speech than a toast, spoken off the cuff and from his heart. He was able so easily to capture the importance of any occasion, the importance of why we were all together as a family, the importance of each of us as individuals and to him (and my Mom) and to articulate it all in his warm, raspy voice. He was always his own best storyteller.

He was a person of deep intelligence, curiosity, and he always had a steadfast desire to share his knowledge.

He always needed to understand the order of things—of medicine, of the military, of the weather, etc. He was meticulous (even his time of death was 22:22). From his perfect penmanship to the delicious desserts (no, he was not a baker, he was a doctor) to his unyielding integrity. He spoke with honesty, and he expected nothing less from his family.

He was a MAN. They don't make such men anymore. Every person he ever contacted, remember him - either it's his friends, mine or my brother's friends, or his granddaughter's friends.

But what I know I will remember best is the feeling of being loved, unconditionally, fiercely, just for being me. Just for being his daughter. That was enough to make this remarkable person love me. Even more love he extended to his granddaughters. I will remember the feeling of him holding me, hugging me, his hands always warm and strong, and feeling safe. Always.

He lived a life full of luck, but we were the luckiest because we were the ones he loved!

PS. What is the mystery of his death? I talked to his nurse a couple of hours before and nothing portended his passing this day. What was so special about this day? His twin sister passed away exactly the same day 5 years ago!

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DCaribbeanQ Premium
He sounds like a remarkable man Jane. I'm sorry.

Candy Benn
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jmg52 Premium
He was a remarkable man. Thank you
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Debbi26 Premium
So sorry. It sounds like he had a wonderful life and made the same for all those around him. The day of his death IS an odd thing but he WAS a twin and maybe that had something to do with the mystery.

~Debbi
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jmg52 Premium
Thank you - he was a remarkable man. I still cannot get over this date.
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davebux Premium Plus
God bless, Jane. Celebrate his life, think about him every day. He has not left you, just passed through another door. His spirit will always be around you. Time will take away the hurt and allow the memories to flourish and flower.
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jmg52 Premium
Thank you for your kind words
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Meenaf1 Premium Plus
My sincere condolences for your lost! So sorry to hear that.
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jmg52 Premium
Thank you
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Dorrie1 Premium Plus
Sorry for your loss he sounded like a amazing person
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jmg52 Premium
He was. Thank you
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