Dearest Mom, Gerry, Jeff, Karen, Al and Tony...and Grand Kids,
Please excuse my belatedness and accept my condolences and deeepest sympathy on Dad's passing and your great loss. It's been along time since I last saw you, but I know how much Dad meant to you and you to him.
He occupies a special place in my heart too. I was a recent college grad when I was invited to spend some vacation time on Hutchinson Island with Mom, Dad, Jeff. Dad, Jeff and I took to body surfing...we wore ourselves out having fun until it was just Dad and I. It was a special moment normally reserved for father and son, but willingly, unselfishly shared with me.
I love you Dad and will miss you too. Thanks for the memories. May you keep smiling down on Mom and all of those you've touched in life.
Oh my dear Gerry and family. So sorry for your loss. You have always been there for me and I let you down. We were out of town in Michigan and I just learned today of your father's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. His legacy will live on in his wonderful children & families.
Dear Cathy and Family:
So sorry to learn of Tony's passing. I will always remember the great times at the Spring-A-Rama Poker tables -- Tony made it so much fun and it is reassuring that Poker will be in good hands.
The Priano Family,
Tony was the most memorable patient I have ever had the honor of taking care of. He may have never known it, although I told him last night while I prayed, but he touched my heart in a way no other patient had. It is people like Tony that keep me pressing forward as a nurse every day, even when I think I can't handle it anymore. He was the kindest, friendliest, charismatic man- despite his circumstances. Even when I knew he was feeling awful, he always had a smile on his face. Tony NEVER forgot a single staff members name- he became like an adopted grandfather to all of us. If any man in the world was making it to heaven, I know it was Tony. I am so grateful that myself and several other staff members got to see him one last time during his last admission on another floor. I will cherish that last hug and "I love you guys" forever. May you rest peacefully, Tony. On behalf of myself and the rest of the 5 North (Respiratory) staff, our sincerest condolences to your family. Tony and Cathy will always be a part of the 5 North family.
Cathy and family,
Indeed saddened to hear of Tony's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Tony will always be remember as a fun loving man and tour director.
Your are in our thoughts and prayers.
Terry Mueller (and Pete in spirit)
JJ and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
The DeRubeis Family
How do I put this into words?
As an 8 year old, my Dad was superman. He could hit a baseball higher than anyone I knew. Big, strong. He could put me up on his shoulders as a youngster like I was weightless. A lesson in strength. I wasn't always the best of boys. I remember the time I threw a wrench through the back window. Even then my aim was bad. I was trying to hit Gerry. I thought "uh oh". When Dad came home from work, he was so upset he said "Don't ever talk to me about sports again". That hurt worse than if he would have spanked me (which he didn't). So he bought a new pane of glass and I stood there as he silently installed it. As he was putting the glaze in place to finish the job, he said "so what did the Buc's do last night?" and I smiled. A lesson in forgiveness. My Dad taught me all kinds of things through life. He didn't finish high school but he knew more than most college graduates that I know. A lesson in true knowledge and wisdom. He was a skilled craftsman. It was a joy watching him brick in windows on my house and creating my brick hearth. A lesson in skill and creativity. From paying for pizza at family functions to taking the entire family on a cruise, he taught me about generosity. The lessons in these things and countless others, the lessons in Love that he showered on me and my family will never be forgotten. And in the end, there was to be one more lesson to be learned.
My Dad had a very difficult struggle for the last 5 years as his disease was stripping him of his strength. He showed true appreciation for the little things we would all do for him even as it saddened him that he could no longer do the things himself. We had a deep conversation recently where I expressed my gratitude for all he had done for me and if I could just be half the man that he is, I will be way ahead of the curve. He told me "Al, you are my precious son and I will never forget you." I know he felt like that about all of us. But he said one thing that was even more important than that. Unprompted, he said "I am trusting Jesus as my Savior and I am looking forward to seeing Him in Heaven." As the final two days went by, and we would sing a variety of songs, I remember him joining in on Joy To The World. I remember him reciting Psalm 23. And I remember him peacefully breathing his last breath. Yes, in the end, he taught me the proper way to die. My final lesson. As difficult as that was, I am joyful I didn't miss it.
So I am trusting Jesus as my Savior, too. And some day it will be my turn. I hope that along the way, I can pass some of these lessons on to my own children. And when that day comes for me to leave this earth and go on to be with my Savior, Jesus will greet me and wipe away my tears, just as he has done with Dad. What joy! And when I have spent my initial time with Jesus and He is ready to share me with others in Heaven, I know there will be many there. From Adam, to Noah, to Moses, Joseph and Mary, Peter, James and John, it will be great to have a time of rejoicing and conversation with all of them and so many more. But recently, someone has moved to the front of the line for me. On that day, I will see my Dad. Big and strong again. With his big smile and bigger heart.
And so we grieve. Yet, as God's Word says, we do not grieve as ones that have no hope. I am sad and joyful at the same time thanks to what God has done for my Dad. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Rest well, Dad.
Jeff and Family,
Our sincere condolences as you mourn the passing of your father. We both know and feel your pain as we have been there. Our prayers are with you and your family. May your Dad rest in peace with the God our Father.
Jay and Lori Starr
My condolences to you and your family.
Dear Tony, Al, Gerry, Jeff and Karen
My heart goes out to each of you in the loss of your Dad "The most wonderful man in your life." May you find peace in all the memories you have of him and knowing he has no more pain and is with God.
Love and Prayers
Thank you for 65 years of friendship Tony.I will miss you. Deepest sympathy to you Cathy and your wonderful family.
You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,
You're daddy's little girl to have and to hold.
A precious gem is what you are,
You're mommy's bright and shining star.
You're the spirit of Christmas, my star on the tree,
You're the Easter Bunny to mommy and me;
You're sugar, you're spice, you're everything nice,
And you're daddy's little girl.
It was such an honor to be your little girl Dad. I love you so much and will miss you with all my heart.
I love you Dad, con tutto l'anima cuore.
Jeff, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies.
Al, Cheryl and family, I am very sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers for comfort and peace.
Love, Grace Klein
JJ and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Grandpa Tony will be will live forever in your hearts.
Rod & Janet Repasi
Hi Al, sorry to see your loss. Heaven always needs a mail man. Prayers are with you and family.
So sorry to hear about Uncle Tony passing. I haven't seen this side of my family for so many years but have very fond memories of parties and reunions with the Priano's. He will be missed and my sincere sympathy to the family in this difficult time. Linda (Landree) Dacierno aka....Rege's daughter
My deepest sympathy to the Priano family in the passing of their patriarch. May God comfort your sad hearts.