Sean, Kerry, Patty and families -
I am stunned to receive the news of your father and husband's passing. It is with utter grief that I write to express my sympathy.
It seems life is more fleeting than we imagine...
It's really hard to put into words just how significant your father was in my life. As I sit weeping for your loss, images are flooding my mind of his warm smile and how loved he made us all feel. Indeed, through the years as I have reflected on those that helped shape me, were pillars in my own development, your father is at the forefront.
As a teacher, I can only hope to carry a fraction of the grace, kindness and compassion your dad had.
I am grateful for all the gifts he gave me. Please know his legacy lives on in many of us, especially those of us who have gone on in his footsteps as educators.
He was an absolute treasure and I will miss him deeply.
If I had known before this, I would have come to honor his memory.
With heartfelt sympathy,