Last Sunday, Mark's father Dick passed away. He was 89 years old. He left behind a wonderful legacy with a wife of 66 years, eight children, 17 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
Dick was a classic New Englander--a private man of few words, solid as the New Hampshire granite where he made his home for many years. He served for over two decades in the Navy, sacrificing years away from his young family during WWII and beyond. He carried the self-discipline of service throughout his life, waking up before dawn to walk 3 miles a day until just one year ago! He loved gardening, crosswords, Louis L'Amour and Lee Child. He was a Mac owner and an e-mail hound. And he was a man of deep faith, which sustained him in tough times and gave him hope for new life.
We were fortunate to be able to make a trip to visit Dick and Fran last summer. He was enjoying a rebound in health and was in good spirits, along with Fran. It was a wonderful visit and I am so grateful to have this memory for the kids.
Here's to a life well-lived!