My father was a paragon of strength, decisive action, and selfless love. He was my protector, my role model and my hero. And not just for me, but for my brothers, his grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many others who knew him. He taught me that true strength is not just physical, but depends more on the kind of character one cultivates throughout life. I learned through him, that if we live our life with strong convictions based on solid virtues, we may rise to any occasion, and even inspire others through our actions. His love, caring and devotion to his family as well as dedication to his profession were examples I strive to emulate in my own life. How fortunate I was to have such a wonderful father!