Our father Garry was a very kind-hearted, loving, gentle man. He almost always had a smile on his face, and was always lending a helping hand. His motto was always “do unto others as you wish to be done upon you” and he never asked for anything in return.
Being raised by dad had its ups and downs. You see, being stubborn was always an Emmons' trait, so if for example we weren't raking the leaves or cutting the grass the way he wanted-he was sure to let us know. It was always dad's way or the highway.
But now as adults, we find ourselves doing and saying so many of the same things; and when we thought he was so strict, he was really teaching us morals, values and lessons in life. He always made sure to provide a loving home for our family. This meant many of hours working. He grew up working with our grandfather, Homer and they owned a family business called E & E Welding. He did that for about 20 years. He then moved on to work at Voss Steel Corporation and was with them for about 20 years. We heard so many stories over the years about his co-workers and vendors. He really taught us the importance of working hard so that we'd appreciate the things we have.
It wasn't until our adult years when we began to form closer relationships with our dad. For Tonyia & Dennis-they shared in their joy of the grandchildren and what it was like to raise a family or going hunting or going up north. For Vicky & Chris, it was co-piloting or riding with dad on the Harley. One thing for sure is when we all got together, we could really eat! One of his favorite lines was always “man, you should come home more often so I can get something to eat.”
I guess Dennis & Chris will have to carry on the tradition of making breakfast and calling out “there's a fire in the swamp” and “wakey wakey.”
But dad always said “You have to live your life,” and that he did. He did until the end. We have all been touched and blessed by knowing him. He makes us want to be better everyday. We know that time will eventually heal our wounds, but nobody will ever fill the void in our hearts that he has filled for so many years. So in the words of our dad, “Don't worry, be happy now.”