May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Dear Mrs Fernbach, Don, Karen, Susie and Judy,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and father, and since hearing the news from young Don, I couldn't help but reminisce a bit about growing up with you all.
It was some 40+ years ago when you moved in across the street when we found ourselves, me on one side sitting on the curb, and Donald - what we called him back then, DJ to his daddy - and Karen on the other, all wondering what to make of newcomers and new surroundings. Eventually, one of us broke the stalemate and we became life long friends…and the memories began.
My memories of your dad do not begin with his remarkable medical career and all those he helped - I became aware of that much later in my life - but rather as a young kid growing up across the street, who was always in his house or pool along with the Fernbach kids; I remember what kids remember.
Within an instant from when I heard from Don about Dr Fernbach's passing, some fond memories came rushing back…
I knew I shouldn't touch his tools in the shop - young Don made that clear - and I witnessed him dispatch a Cotton Mouth in Columbus with nothing more than a pocket knife and a putter. I remember Don, Karen and I deciding we should own guinea pigs one year, and had the brilliant idea of building a cage for them…outside…underground. Your dad's reaction was priceless… the cage looked good, but at a foot or so deep and chicken wire for a roof, what were we going to do when it rained?
Always kind and quick witted, I remember that I liked to be around him back then, even though he kept you on your toes. As an adult, he seemed always happy to see me, and for that I am truly honored and grateful.
I am so sad for your loss, but his was a life to be celebrated by all that knew and loved him; his life touched so many others, and his legacy will live on for years to come.
God Bless him and you; you are all in my prayers.
My condolences to the Fernbach family. It was a privilege and pleasure to know him. Great man with a great family!
What a wonderfu gentleman and colleague! I am so thankful for all he accomplished to take Pediatric Cancer treatment in such a positive direction.
Dr. Fernbach took such wonderful care of my dear little sister, Katie, at Texas Children's Hospital from 1964-1969. He made her feel comfortable and loved for those years. We will not forget him. What a beloved man!