Well, Dad, it's been almost 4 years since we lost you. I'm sitting at home at your computer desk looking at your pictures. I still cry all the time. You are so beautiful in the pictures with that smile! Whenever we're on Lake Michigan the kids and I kiss our 2 fingers and touch the water and say, we love and miss you. Somehow that old Lake brings me some peace. I haven't been sailing since we took our last sail with you. I miss sailing, I miss you. I think of you everyday and love you with all my heart!
To all who loved Skippy,
I only met Skippy a few times, but I liked him immediately. He was gentle, kind, friendly. I remember going out to dinner with Susie & Skip when Skip and I went to Chicago a few years ago at Thanksgiving time. It was such a nice evening, and I will remember it always.
I was so sad to hear the news of Skippy's death. I have been privileged to hear many stories of Skippy from my Skip, and to grieve with him over the loss of his wonderful friend. Everywhere we sail, Skip remembers being there with Skippy, and he is often pensive and quiet, and then tells me one of his memories. I feel honored to hear those memories and to continue to learn what was so special about Skippy.
Skippy is sorely missed. The whole family is in my prayers.
Dear Allison Family,
I am sorry for your loss. It is so difficult to understand why things happen to change our lives so unexpectedly. Enjoy every day to its fullest and let those you love know it.
I worked with Kate Gibbons and often saw her mom giving of herself to the children at Northeast School. How lucky they were to have Kate and her mom! I fortunate I am to know Kate.
Skippy - If Johnny can talk to you this way, so can I. You were in my life from the time I was 8 and gave me the 5 greatest nieces and nephews a person could ask for. You had every right to be proud of them. You were more than a brother-in-law to Skip and I; you were and will forever be a part of our hearts and a part of our family. We miss you dearly but remember you as one of the most caring, gentle and fun individuals who passed through our lives too quickly. The trips to Wisconsin, spending every summer with you helping with the kids, the Christmas Eves that we all stayed up to put toys together, Aunt Jemima coffee cake on Saturday summer mornings, the job you got me at Quaker, and growing up with you make for some mighty fine memories.
The best one is of your smile and laugh and that is the image I have now and will always remember. You left a hole in all of us with your passing, but enough smiles to eventually fill it. I miss you.
My Mom said I could talk to you this way. I miss you everyday. I think about you all the time. I love you forever and you are always in my heart. Cause I know that Family is always your family no matter where you are. I guess you live farther away than Connor and Kelsey but it's o-k because you're in my heart still. Today in school I learned about being proud. That it's a feeling you have that feels good about yourself or someone. Like when we say our pledge to the flag. We had to say what made us feel proud. Some kids said beating a new level on their Gameboys. I said having your name. Love you grandpa. Johnny.
Do you remember when I found out you were going to be my brother-in-law? I do.
Remember the job you got me at Idlewild Country Club? I do.
Remember testing out a Canfield screw driver in Olympia Fields? I do.
How about working at Canfield's? You the driver; me the helper. I do.
Vacations on Round Lake in Wisconsin? I do.
Sailing out of Lake Bluff and stopping at the military canteen? I do.
Then the 20-some years you came out East to go sailing and all the adventures? I do.
How about the time you fell into the water by the dinghy dock at Oak BluffS? You were laughing so much I thought you were going to drown. I do.
This last time in June was one of the better ones. Glad it worked out that way.
I'm writing this as I sit alone on the boat in Hadley Harbor, reflecting on all the things we've done together. You know as well as I there are too many to put into words. I'm going to miss you, but won't forget all the good times we've had together.
A gentle breeze, and fair tide.
Forever, your shipmate, Skip.
Skip,thanks for your friendship over the last 20 years.We'll miss your warm smile and caring ways.You filled us with a spirit to enjoy life.We will keep you alive in our minds and hearts.Our thoughts and prayers to Susie and all the family. Love,Bruce and Roe
Dad, I miss you so much. You know me I've been crying a river. Johnny has his first soccer game today and he said he's going to get enough goals and get a "a rainbow" for you. Just like he did last time you were at his game. He said he's really going to miss you at his games, but he knows you'll be watching him. Sadie still is into blueberries. All's she askd for is "Grandpa's blueberries". Oh, Dad I love you!
Skip, you were the greatest little brother a person could ask for. Someday we will reminisce again about out adventures of being little boys together.
To the Allison and O'Brien families. Our deepest sympathy for the entire family. May God bring you strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
To the Allison family. My sympathies to all of you. I am a friend of the Gibbons family and former co-worker of Jim Gibbons.
Karen Agnew-Kammer, Chicago
You couldn't have a better friend than Skip. Gentle, patient, kind, caring, and a great guy to go sailing with -- which we did many times. He made everyone feel welcome and touched many lives. We will miss him doubly -- in Chicago and in Michigan. Our deepest sympathy for Susie and all of the family.
Skip was always very kind to me. I especially remember his homemade pizza. My families' thoughts and prayers are with you.