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June 16, 2013
Eight years of not being able to say Happy Fathers Day Dad ! I miss him very much even more now than ever! No one can take his place, just NO ONE !
March 26, 2012
Thinking of you and especialy when spring comes to town. Everytime I'm in the yard I reflect back to my younger days when Dad was giving lessons of know-how on doing yardwork efficiently so you can clean up by dinner time! wishing I could have spent another birthday with you (March 24th) it would have been his 92nd .
June 19, 2011
All I can say is that I hope and pray that my Dad knew I loved him and still do! If you do have your Dad in your life today be sure he knows you love him and care about him , you pretty much only get one (Dad) in your life ~ treasure him dearly.
Mine is forever in my heart!
March 25, 2011
You would be 91 today 3-24-11 , instead we have to believe you are in a better place with many of your siblings and your Mom. What I would give to hear your voice again. I miss you and think of you often, and wonder what you would think of this or that ! You were one of a kind ; and I'm glad you were mine.
May 20, 2010
Once again I find myself toiling away in my yard and wishing I could ask my Dad gardening questions that I know he would have good answers for. Guess I'm always going to miss him.

It's weird, how Fathers Day was once the day to dote on my Dad and he would accept the attention humbly, and now I feel sick at my stomach as that day draws near, simply because he's not here for me to say how much he means to me and that he's loved so much.
February 12, 2010
Soon the day will be here that will mark the fifth year my Dad has been gone from this earth. I pray he's resting in peace with his dear sisters, brothers and mother.
Miss you still.
October 27, 2009
I'm doing more these days with my digital Nikon camera and find myself wishing my Dad could have experienced this technology. From his teen years and up it seems that my Dad had affinity for the camera and how it was capable of preserving people in time for posterity sake. I think about him when I'm reviewing pictures I've taken and wonder what he would think of them.
Miss you Dad with all my heart.
June 19, 2009
Father's Day is almost here, and I find myself secretly annoyed at all the commercial reminders and advert's online and in paper. They seem so cold in their attempt to tell you how you should buy this -n- that to show your appreciation or love for you father!
There are many other ways to show your father how much you care and love him . . . like taking some time off to just hang out with him, maybe go do things with him that he likes to do, Make a nice dinner for him, with enough for leftovers so he can enjoy your culinary delights another night.
Sit and talk with him, ask him questions about his life and events that happened during his life, listen and learn how his life experience has made him who he is today. Always have a card for him with more than your signature in it so that he can look at it again and re-read your special sentiments to him.

It's a little redundent to say - but I miss him alot and wish I could hear his voice again.
Father's Day (For ME), is no longer a day with an excuse to gush over one's Dad; now it's become a sad reminder of my father who's no longer here to be able to gush over.
May 12, 2009
As I'm working in our yard preparing the land once again to plant flowers and some tomatoes, I think back to my father years ago tilling the soil in his backyard garden, gosh I wish I could have paid more attention to all that my father was saying, I think I was more interested in picking the finished product! He was good to his land and try'd to instill his knowledge of it in me. I believe I have the passion and a decent amount of know-how now;
but only because of him and me mum !
May 2009
April 02, 2009
Dad's been gone now 4 years (02-24-05); and four days ago he would have been 89.
Often I find myself wondering what Dad would think about the politics of today, and the number of tactless programs on the TV these days, & if he wouldn't have had the phone at home ripped out of the wall by now, (he didn't tolerate the numerous annoying sales type calls that came through their phone at home).
I wish he could have been well enough to come out to the West to visit at our home. I do feel lucky that I did have him here for our wedding in 1991. Needless to say but I miss him very much and very grateful he's my Father ~
March 2009
February 10, 2009
My Dad's beautiful sister Ruby has joined her brothers and big sister in heaven just a few days ago. In 15 days it will be my Dad's 4th year anniversary since his passing. I can still hear in my head my aunt calling to my Dad "well say Charles" ..... (back about 40 yrs ago), and I can hear her saying to me at his funneral; "ya know your Dad"..... and then nothing but nice things to say about him; I so appreciated that and needed to hear those loving comments about my father.
My Aunt was a wise ole gal, with a smile that she shared often with many and I know she will be dearly missed by all of us. May you Rest in Peace Dear Ruby
All my Love
June 15, 2008
Well here it is Father's Day . . .
I don't just think of my Dad on Father's Day or his birthday - I think of him when I make a big purchase, when I'm repairing things around the house, even when I'm gardening. . . .
I so wish I could have lived closer to my Dad especially after I married, I would have loved to have spoke (face to face) ' talked shop ', (sorta speak). I miss his guidance and easy manner. I miss him so much
his kid
Kathy
February 24, 2008
Today 2-24-08 makes it 3 years now since my father left this world. In one month (3-24-08)my Dad would have been 88 yrs old. I miss him.
I miss his stories, his smile, his laugh, his advise, his know how . . . They just don't make'em like him anymore!
K. D. Trujillo
Auburn, WA
January 03, 2008
June 17, 2007
I come here to this web page from time to time, when I'm alone, to visit with my Dad. It gives me time to sit and read and look at his pictures, and reflect on my Father; what he meant to me and all the good times we had.
I miss you Dad and love you very much and on this Father's Day, I hope you know that. As Father's Day rolls around I find myself wishing for some selfish things like. . . . One more of those hugs of yours,. . . . To hear your voice especially when you're telling me about your life's experiences, . . . . To sit with you and eat one of those lunches you would often make for me when I worked near by, . . . To check out what your current project was and to hear the latest on 'Cooper', . . Just to see you smile . . .

I finally have seen you in my dreams, and I cherish them and don't want to wake up and stop the film in my head from rolling.
I miss You, and words seem to fall short of saying how much.

with love,
Kathy
(06-2007)

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October 02, 2006
I'm adding some pictures of Dad that are representative of his life.
I hope everyone who visits will take time to enjoy them with fond memories.
I think about my father often and pray that he is at peace. His youngest brother joined him in eternal rest 10 months after my father and I just know they're together possible singing an old song.
Charles and Ray - Forever in our hearts
April 08, 2005
I was not sure how long this notice would stay up on the obituary pages, so I wanted to copy and place it in here where it will stay for a very long time.
K. (D) T.


ENTERED INTO ETERNAL PEACE
FEB. 24TH 2005 - CHARLES T. DRAPER,
age 84 of Reminderville, formerly of Solon; beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Doyle); dearest father of Thomas, Peggy, Betty Forman, Larry, Kathy Trujillo (Stephen), David (Elisabeth), and Joseph; loving grandfather of Donna, Julie, Kyle and Alex Forman, and Christopher Draper; great-grandfather of Anthony Forman; dear brother of Ruby Tobik, Dolores Matt, Ray and the following deceased: Margaretta Delaney, Willow and Edward. Mr. Draper was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and retired Deputy Chief of the Cleveland Heights Police Dept. Family will be present at the VALES-KLEVE FUNERAL HOME, 33375 BAINBRIDGE RD., SOLON (INSIDE KINDRICH, MCHUGH STEINBAUER)SATURDAY 6-8 P.M. AND SUNDAY 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M. and where services will be held Monday at 9:00 A.M. Interment Crown Hill Cemetery. ARRANGEMENTS WITH VALES-KLEVE FUNERAL SERVICES 440-439-9939 www.cleveland.com/obits Published in The Plain Dealer on 2/26/2005


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April 08, 2005
I would like to share with everyone a beautiful poem, that was in a card I received as a message to comfort me in the loss of my father. I hope it will give you some comfort too.

It's called 'THE ROSE STILL BLOOMS'

A rose once grew where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
And, as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall.

One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side.

Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
be comforted-the rose blooms there,
Its beauty even greater now,
nurtured by God's own loving care.


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March 05, 2005
*** My Dad would have been 85 years old on March 24, 2005. I know that he suffers no more and is united in Gods house with others that have gone before him, and he will be there for us once again, when we leave this life here on earth.

I believe my father gave me many things in life, and of them the ones I cherish the most are these.... How to tell an interesting story,...Share!,... A quiet love,...Knowing that you should always do the right thing, and if you didn't - then do what it takes to make it better!,... Never carry a "lazy-mans load"!,... To "hubba, hubba", when I'm draggin my feet.,..Help the less fortunate,...Love thy Family,(no matter what),...Keep close a good sense of humor; you'll never know when you'll need it!...Try to fix it yourself first - if that doesn't work read the directions!

My Dad always had a project going and if you would take the time and listen, he would explain to you what he was doing and what's coming up next, I loved him for that, it instilled in me the feeling that I could do any project that I set my mind too!

My father was also very animated especially with his facial expressions when he was telling you a story, I've been told by people who didn't even know my Dad that they think that I'm very animated that way, so I believe that my father gave me that trait too. My Dad worked hard and probably didn't play enough, but when he did he was a fun and dear person to be around.

I couldn't have had a better Dad, may you shine forever. I'll miss you like crazy Dad and will love you Always.

your youngest daughter
Kathy
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