Mike was an inspiration for me. A man of integrity and honesty. Something that he taught me by the example he lived every day. He showed me compassion when I needed it the most and his guidance made me the man I am today. I am most grateful for him he will be forever missed.
You are the smartest man I know; when I came into this family you started teaching me life lessons that are forever engraved in my heart and mind. I will only be a better person from our talks at the table. I wish I had more nights with you, but I know we will have our time again. Life for our family is not over because this is not goodbye. I will see you in the happiest place we know, god's kingdom. I miss you; I miss your grunts even more. I love you dearly Mike.
As the months go by, I stop and think about all the memories we've made. The good times we've shared and the love between us that continues to grow in me. You were not only my husband, but partner, my best friend, my inspiration, my rock and my soul mate. You are a blessing from above one that I did not take for granted. I thank you for all the things that you've done for me and the kids. You supported and loved us all and you were always there to help navigate as their life's challenges. Not only were you a phenomenal husband, you were a terrific father, grandfather, provider, caregiver, mentor and inspirational leader. You gave so freely to all those you knew in such a loving way. Your generosity was inspiring! I love you more than words, more than life. I am forever grateful for your love and proud to be your wife.
I am so completely in love with you. I wake to think of you and I sleep to see you in my dreams. Every day seemed like a blessing since I met you. I feel so fortunate and honored to be in love with such a talented, handsome and intelligent man. I love you with all my heart. Thank you for sharing your love with me. It is truly a wonderful gift.
There are so many reasons; so many causes that make me love you. Thanks for all the happiness you bestow upon me. Thanks for making me see what I don't see. Thank you for holding my hand when I needed your touch. Thanks for hugging me hard when I need it you're warmth. Thanks for camouflaging my faults. Thanks for tolerating my idiosyncrasies and playing along with them. Thanks for wiping my tears when I cry so foolishly and last but not least, thanks for loving me the way you did.
For you are my heart and soul. Without you, I merely exist from day to day. You are the keeper of my dreams, the one who holds my heart in your hands. You are the one I spend most of my time thinking about. I can never repay you for the joy you brought to my life.
I love you more than I could ever tell you and I am not sure I can express just how much I miss you.
My father, mike nachman, was a great man. He was an easily understood man. A man that another man could easily identify with and understand without question. A man that loves to hunt, fish, explore, boat and all around outdoorsmen, not to mention his precious time in Las Vegas! He enjoyed his time with family as well. He also loved to work in the garage and also enjoyed working with wood. I believe, as a guy, that we all have a little carpenter and us! These traits are easily understood as being a man, in my opinion. While being engaged in all this fun, he's still a very responsible person with his business and personal life. Any man would tip his hat for that, I know I do!
When I was growing up I remember feeling a comfortable feeling of security knowing he had everything taken care of. As a child one doesn't realize how important this aspect of making your children feel secure until you yourself are grown.
My dad was a patient person, especially with me between getting in trouble in high school, and some college, he never once told me that I was taking too long in school, he was patient. He did advise me though to slow down in life and stay out of trouble. He would always respond to my issues as "stay out of trouble and pass!" This seems simple now, but it was hard at 16! Patients is a great quality to have as a parent and I am glad he had this quality. My dad, mike, was also a person who would forgive but never forget. My dad was a person that would never kick someone who was down unless a good joke was in order. Again I got in trouble a lot and when I thought it was time for a lecture or a harsh chew out, he would simply joke about the problem mildly but still had a sense of concern. I am very proud to be his son. Just like that very powerful quote "you don't know how much you love or miss something until it's gone". Man, nothing holds more true to that then my dad passing away. You just don't think about these things until they are no longer there. I now understand those awkward dinners where he would call me down to eat and just watch me eat. I did not enjoy those dinners like he did. I was only seeing my Way or selfishly because I didn't like people watching me eat. I was foolish. What was important was not that I didn't like those dinners, what was important was that he did enjoy those dinners. That was his time to spend with me and I didn't realize it. I didn't know how special those moments were until they are now gone, but of course unlike my dad, I learn everything the hard way. I completely understand and will always remember those special moments meant to him. I now miss those dinners a lot! He has taught me a lot of aspects of life, directly and indirectly and instilled great qualities that I would not have if it was not for him.
So, what did my father mean to me? He meant truth, honesty, diligence, integrity, hard work, responsibility and not to mention unconditional love, and so much more... Fredrick Michael Nachman was a great father, husband, boss and my life coach. I miss him tremendously and will always remember him, everything he stood for, and everything he taught me and done for me.
I love you, Dad!
I met Mike when I was three years old I no longer had a dad. My dad signed his rights away when I was an infant. I had a father someone who had contributed in creating my existence but until Mike legally adopted me I did not have a dad. Mike was there for me every step of the way throughout my life. He was indeed my dad Mike was the only father that I knew and raised me. It wasn't until much later in life that I realized how special a father that he was. Being a stepfather is a special gift. He took that one step farther at least in my eyes. Mike never treated me like anything else but his own son. My only regret is that I never took the time or available opportunities that I had to thank him for being my father and my dad.