Dear Darren, Mindy, Tonya, Darrianna and DJ,
I'm so sorry for your loss! You have been part of my life for so many years and because of our friendship, I had the honor and privilege to know Jack (Opa) and spend time with him. The words to follow come from my heart but also from what I saw and experienced as a family friend.
Darren...You were a loving and caring son to your father. The love and care that you gave him over the years and in his final days are testament of that. Your Dad loved and respected you more than his words could every express...his eyes would always give him away - they would light up with respect and pride whenever you walked into a room! He was so proud of your racing days and real estate career, but mostly, he was proud of you as a man, husband and father.
Mindy...Jack had so much love and respect for you! He always knew you would take care of whatever needed to be done and you would be there to hold everyone's hands in his final days. You are and were the best daughter-n-law a parent could ever ask for their Son! He admired your strength and honesty! He was never afraid to solicit your advice because he knew you would always be straight with him and with a loving heart.
Tonya, Darrianna and DJ...you were your Opa's and Oma's pride and joy! Jack loved being around all of you. In his eyes, you three were perfect in every way! Again, his eyes and face would light up whenever you were around.
I wish I could be there tomorrow. Please know that my heart and prayers are with all you. May you find comfort and peace in the memories and in knowing that he's gone home to his maker and to the love of his life, Oma!
Thank you Jack for the long talks, laughter and memories! May you rest in peace!