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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yesterday started with a phone call from my mother that you can never be prepared for.  My sweet father passed away in the night.  My heart broke in a hundred million pieces and feels as though someone is stepping on it.  This was the man that unconditionally shared his heart and love with us.  Who was there for us no matter what.
Tomorrow I will travel to be with my mother and sisters in Florida.  To comfort, grieve and celebrate his life.
Love with all your heart.  It's something you can be proud of.


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  1. Leslie, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Brought tears to my eyes all the way in St. Paul. Peace to you and your family. xo

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss. My father is the same kind of man and his health at 87 is failing. I can only imagine your pain and sadness.
    Prayers and love

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  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. My father died three years ago on the 11th, and while there's never a good time to lose a loved one, the holidays add a layer of pain.

    I hope you and your family find comfort together as you gather to say goodbye.

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  4. Ohh nooo. My heart is with you. I lost my father on Valentine's day several years ago. He was 99 and lived an amazing life but I was still not ready to lose him. I hope you can hold and comfort each other. It's so special that you can be with your family at this time. Have a very safe trip.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your life was truly blessed that you had him in it. I hope you find solace with your family as you grieve your loss and celebrate his life.

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  6. Oh, I'm so sorry for all of you. My thoughts are with you.

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  7. Love to you and your family xx

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  8. I have had that phone call and I know too well the feeling. I was so heartbroken I felt hollow inside. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember all the happy, wonderful, moments as you all come together.

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  9. So sorry for your loss, Leslie....thoughts and prayers

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  10. I am so sorry for your loss. You are right. You received the phone call you are never prepared to answer. Safe travels.

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  11. My thoughts are with you and your family as you gather to remember your father. May light perpetual shine upon him.

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  12. I am so very sorry. Those of us lucky enough to have had such wonderful fathers know you can never be ready to lose them. Hang in there, and know you are not alone.

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  13. I'm very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Hugs to you.

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  14. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Thinking of you and your family and praying for comfort and peace as you gather together.

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  15. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you, and on your reminder to love with all your heart.

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  16. Oh, my sympathies to you and your family. Peace and healing...

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  17. i've been thinking about you constantly since i saw the news. sending lots of love and praying for all of you. so sorry for your loss, leslie. xo.

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  18. love and prayers my friend

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  19. I am so sorry for your Loss. My prayers for you and your family.

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  20. Anonymous12/14/2014

    Sorry for your loss, love to you, love to your mum and your sisters, take good care of each others.
    Michela, from Switzerland

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  21. I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family peace at this time.

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  22. So sorry for all of you. My heart is with you. Safe travels.

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  23. Leslie, I'm so sorry for your loss and am thinking and praying for you, your mom and sisters.

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  24. Heartfelt Sympathy.
    My father passed away, suddenly, 9 1/2 years ago. I was shattered. I still miss him terribly, but I can promise you that your dad is always with you and as time goes on your sorrow will be easier to bear.
    kim

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  25. Oh, Leslie, I am so so sorry. What a terrible phone call to receive. So hard to lose someone you love so much. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  26. Oh no! I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Having a loved one pass is always such a hard thing.

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  27. I am so sorry for you and your family. I hope you find comfort in one another and the many memories you share of your dad.

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  28. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  29. with sympathy... will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

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  30. Leslie,
    My heart is so heavy for you. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  31. I am so sorry for your family's loss. I know what is to
    lose a father; it is heart wrenching but it is the memories that will sustain you. Nancy

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  32. Heart to heart...I send you wishes for peace with your family.

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  33. Anonymous12/14/2014

    So very sorry to hear this. I lost my mum earlier this year, my heart really goes out to you and your family, can't say enough how much I'm feeling for you xx
    Terri (terdotty on rav)

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  34. Leslie, very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

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  35. Thinking of you, Leslie. My father died very unexpectedly last year while vacationing with my mom. It was a call I don't ever want to relive. So deeply sorry. Hold your mother and sisters close.

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  36. Oh Leslie, I am SO sorry - always, always such a tough thing, and this time of year even more so. Praying for peace and comfort only God can give.

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  37. Thinking of you and your family. Take good, gentle care of that broken heart.

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  38. I saw your post on Instagram and knew I must have missed something. You and your mother and sisters are in my prayers. Like yours, my father gave me unconditional love. The memory of his love sustains me years after his death. That is my hope for you.

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  39. So sorry to hear this Leslie - you and your family are in my prayers.

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  40. How tragic! I am so sorry for you.

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  41. I am so sorry for your loss, Leslie. Please accept my sympathies and know that I will keep you, your mom and your sisters in my prayers.

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  42. No, you can never be prepared for it. Holding you in the Light as you all make this transition.

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  43. So sorry for your loss

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  44. Oh I'm so terribly sorry, such a horrible shock and an amazing loss. I'm so dreadfully sorry for you all.

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  45. Leslie - my heart is broken for you. I have the same kind of Daddy - how blessed are we to be so loved.
    Much sympathy and love to your family.
    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.....

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  46. Anonymous12/14/2014

    I'm so sorry!

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  47. My prayers are with you as you go through this incredibly hard time. So sorry!

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  48. Oh I am sorry to hear that Leslie, how devastating. My heart goes out to you and your family. May his memories in your life make the grief a little bit easier to bear xxxx

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  49. Sending comfort and light across the miles.

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  50. So sorry for your loss! My sympathies to you and your family. Enjoy your time with loved ones!

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  51. I'm so very sorry. God bless you and your family

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  52. I'm so sorry. May his memory be a blessing to you and your family.

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  53. :( So sorry. Lots of love and good thoughts for you and your family.

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  54. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I hope that your travels will be safe. xx

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  55. So sorry for yuor loss.

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  56. Anonymous12/15/2014

    Sending heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    Melody

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  57. So sorry for your loss, difficult at any time but always seems so much worse at this time of year

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  58. My heart goes out to you and your family. Wishing you peace and comfort as you deal with this loss.

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  59. Anonymous12/16/2014

    So sorry for your loss,thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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  60. My condolences. May he rest in peace.

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  61. I'm so sorry! So sad that the news had to come over the phone. You were so blessed to call him dad, be loved by him, and now celebrate him. Sending love and prayers to you and your family. xo

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  62. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending warm thoughts your way. <3

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  63. Leslie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you thoughts of sympathy, peace and strength.

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  64. Sending love to you and your family.

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  65. Anonymous12/18/2014

    Love and prayers to you.
    Shanna

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  66. Oh Leslie, I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your entire family.

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  67. Anonymous12/18/2014

    Hello Leslie,

    I received a call like that from my mom too on a Wednesday morning on October 29th, 2003. My dad just collapsed and was gone. No chance to say goodbye. THe last call from him was on the Saturday evening after the World Series just saying "Be Sure to come for CHristmas. I love you." How would I know Christmas would never ever be the same anymore. I know this is hard. I am an only child. No sisters to be with me. It changes things in a heartbeat. You never stop loving a father and you never forget him either. You just learn to try and take care of yourself and take care of a mother and the family. You see a million things that remind you of a father and think back on a lifetime of memories. You wish you could have told me once more that you loved him. But sometime later, you come to see that your father has not really ever left you. Love does not end. Your father will always be with you. So you carry on and when you do something special, you smile and know that your dad would be proud of you. I know because I have said it so many times. You just don't stop missing them or ever loving a loved father. You remember all those special moments as time goes by and you keep your dad tucked away in your heart. You take care of yourself and know that many people, Leslie, are saying a prayer for your heart to heal.
    Peace and love from Teresita in California

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  68. leslie ~ my heart is with you! may your wonderful memories bring a smile and wipe away tears. sending you many hugs! xo

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  69. Dear Leslie, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family and I hope you will all find peace thru Him.

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  70. Anonymous12/20/2014

    Thinking of you and your family. Sending prayers from the heart. Shelly

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  71. sending love and peace to you and your family
    XXOO

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  72. Newknitter212/20/2014

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time in your life

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  76. Anonymous1/29/2015

    Leslie, I'm very sorry for your loss. I don't know you but only from your pictures I can tell, how close your family is. I have lost both of my parents at a very young age, and there is no day that I don't think about them. They are forever in my heart. My prayers are there for you and your family. Martina

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  77. Dear Leslie: How ironic I find your lovely site today February 26, 2016. I just sat down from a traumatic day filled with angst, yet thankful for one more day with my truly unique and beautiful father who is 92 and passing away a little more each day. He was a fighter pilot in ww2 and until last week never took a pain pill tho he has has metastatic bone cancer for 3 years...although, you would never have known. Amazingly loving parent who more often than not has been both father and mother and I'm dreading the call I'm so sorry you received. I don't like to even leave his side. I hope at this writing you have endured the shock and gut wrenching feelings and that they are replaced with the beautiful memories you made together. As well as knowing he is still with you...Thank you for sharing and also thank you to all your lovely friends whose comments have brought me solace just by their very caring nature and kind and wise thoughts. Knitters and Crocheters are a wonderful group...naturally caring and giving people... Too bad knitters don't control the world... There would be no hunger, no homeless and certainly no wars... Not to mention that no one would be without warm and cozy belongings and clever toys! God bless, sister! Thank you for sharing your awesome. Creativity!!!!

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