My Dad had a wonderful, energy-filled life! As a young man he and a friend used to challenge each other in weight-lifting. He was a fine speciman of a man which had to help him in netting my Mom! Through his adult years he raced on bicycles, backpacked in the mountains, entered fishing contests, ran marathons, rode his motorcycle through all 48 contiguous states, rode several century rides (100 miles in a day) and even a couple of double century rides (200 miles a day) on a bicycle! All of that and he still had lots of time for his children! We used to go camping, fishing, skiing and swimming at Lake Wylie when we were kids. He'd travel for his work during the week and spend most of his weekends entertaining us. Additionally, he was very intelligent. He used to read books and magazines in his spare time. He wasn't the type to read regular novels! He was always reading to learn more. When we were teenagers, we used to tell him he needed to change jobs and become a college professor! He taught the three of us and he lived the golden rule (Love your neighbor as you love yourself). He also taught us to be independent. He never said "Do as I say do, not as I do." He walked the talk and was a shining example and the paramount gentleman. I think I heard him say a cussword maybe twice in my whole life! After such an active life, it was really heartbreaking to see him in a wheelchair at the end of it. And after being so smart, Alzeheimer's robbed him of the ability to even put words together into a simple sentence! I'm so glad his struggle is over and he's back in my Mom's arms (she preceded him to the Lord 23 months ago). He will be missed, but loved forever.