My dad went to heaven peacefully at 11:51 on Friday evening May 22, 2020.
He went so peacefully.... resting with My sister Lara on his right side holding his hand and me on his left side hand in hand.
My sister and I spoke sweetly to him as he crossed to the other side to heaven.
We wanted to spend time with him
Those few moments after he took his last breaths. By the time the doctor came in to verify it was 12:25 AM on May 23, 2020.
Therefore, on the death certificate it will read That he passed on May 23, 2020 at 12:25 AM But really his last breaths were before midnight on Friday evening.
My father was my true hero. A man of great strength, wisdom, kindness, compassion, his heart was full of generosity that he extended to others. He was so full of love.
Towards the end of his life he had many sufferings. Not only did he conquer cancer and was cured but then he battled all other symptoms with having Lewy body dementia. Two surgeries to fix broken hips, and many health ailments that he battled through courageously. He was such a man of great strength and courage as he fought through each health challenge.
There was never not a day where he never recognized my sister and I. He ALWAYS knew who we were to the end. He knew who his five grandchildren were Kayla, Marlena, Jay, Santino, and Nicholas to the end. He knew with clarity despite having Lewy body dementia.
He was always so happy to see us every time we went in to see him.❤
These last few months with the Covid 19 pandemic going on, we were unable to see him every day and it pained our hearts, but we always FaceTimed him and knew that he was in good hands as my sister and I would always call and follow up with everything he needed.
I love him from the depths of my soul and back. He will be missed so much!
My father was a retired high school English teacher at Gateway School District and he positively impacted so many lives during his career. He served in the United States Navy and he loved hunting, fishing, boating, and traveling. Especially the beach where we would go to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina every summer growing up since childhood!
Well, now he is traveling to heaven... a beautiful place of peace and rest. His suffering is over. His work is done and his legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren, and all the lives he touched during his lifetime.
In his last hours, you could look out his hospital window at UPMC where he lay and see the entire Gateway School District campus in the distance as the sun was setting, a place that meant so much to him.
He is now resting peacefully with my Mother in heaven and both are in the hands of God.
Dad, you have given me so many gifts that will last a lifetime. I love you and miss you so much! You will always be my daddy no matter how old I get~ May God bless you in your eternal life. Until we meet again Love, hugs, and kisses. All my love, your daughter, ❤Carla