Posted by rudykizuty on Sunday, April 13, 2014
One day, a long time ago, a small child of perhaps four or five years of age was playing with his toys on the hallway floor in the upstairs of a small row home in South Philadelphia. The door leading to the front bedroom opened and from it emerged the impressive sight of a man in his mid-20's wearing the uniform of a Philadelphia Police Officer. The man looked down at the child with a beaming smile. And I can vividly remember the child thinking....."Wow, that's my Dad."
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write to say that my Dad, my hero in life, passed away in the early hours of April 12, 2014. He was a family patriarch in the truest sense of the word and the loss to our family is immeasurable.
Dad, I've continued to look up to you every day of my life, ever since that morning of my earliest memory of you. Each and every day, I continue to carry with me the lessons I've learned from you. First and foremost, how to be a good man and live life the right way, along with so many other things that are far too many to list in one writing. Thank you for that one particular August evening in 2009, a time when that small child had evolved into an emotionally stressed adult and reminding him that life was not all about work and career and that there had to be something left for yourself at the end of the day to make life worthwhile and happy. That was the night that I later decided to join the string band and start playing banjo together again as we had done many, many years before. That decision to become involved with our brand of music again truly changed my life for the better.
But there is so much beyond banjos and string bands that we shared as common interests. You were not just my father or my hero, but also one of the best friends I've ever had in this life. What I wouldn't give for the chance to talk just one more time. I miss you and love you dearly. Thanks for everything you did for me and our family.
PS so sorry that you will not have the chance to see the new banjo that I'm having made. But if I know you well enough, you're out there now watching over their shoulders making sure they get it right :-)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 @5:22:46 PM
So sorry to hear this Anthony, may your father rest in peace.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 @5:46:18 PM
Thank you, Oscar.
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