To all who have made such kind and wonderful comments about Dad in this guestbook, thank you so much and God Bless you. I so wish to have the opportunity to meet some of our cousins in the Bidwill, Regan and Flannery family's. I'm sure there are some great folks in those families and it would have been great fun to have known you all. Maybe we'll have the opportunity to meet some day.
For the record, I wrote Dad's obituary and I'll be happy to email anyone a copy of my original draft, which included more history and was twice as long as the published version. Just send me your email and I'll forward you a copy.
My Dad was always my hero, I admired him so much and I knew him so very well. For a few years or more after his divorce from my Mother, Carol, Dad and I spent a considerable amount of time together. We would meet at the Palm Restaurant after work many evenings and have drinks together with other friends, discuss the day and generally solve or debate the current world issues. I can't tell you how much fun we both had. During those days, we were best friends. We had so many common friends, memories, experiences, etc. that we could literally finish each others sentences. We also shared a similar sense of humor. Those were great times and I'll always cherish the fun we had together.
I knew almost all of Dad's friends and work acquaintences over the years. I can't tell you how many of those folks went out of there way to tell me how much they admired Dad. It was so neat being his oldest son.
Dad's most important goal in life was to gain entry to Heaven. I'm certain he accomplished this goal. As much as I'll miss Dad, I'm so very comforted by my belief he's in Heaven and no longer suffering aches and pains or the frustration and confusion of dementia. Dad's funeral service at St. Michael's Church here in Houston was very well attended and very special. As I said in my brief comments about Dad, "Dad was always worried about attendence during his Astrodome days and he would have been very pleased with the attendence at his funeral service". Many loved ones and great people showed up. I'll always be grateful to those who came to pay their respects to Dad and play a role in his wonderful send off. Thank you.
Dad had a wonderful life that he truly enjoyed. He got to play in the big leagues, participate in some record setting business transactions, work with some fabulous people and be involved in many very special events. He loved every minute of those great times. Dad had a great nine innings. I don't think the Lord made very many Jack O'Connell's, he will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Thank you all again for your nice comments about Dad. He was so special! May God Bless all who read this. Goodbye Dad. I'm going to do my best to get myself to Heaven so I can see you again. Love Always Pat