Good-Bye, Dad

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Good-Bye, Dad

Post by Curt Sunshine » 21 Sep 2013, 11:30

My father passed away this morning.

The following is a tribute to him and his life of unselfish service. The world lost a true man of God today.

http://thingsofmysoul.blogspot.com/2013 ... rning.html
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: Good-Bye, Dad

Post by DBMormon » 21 Sep 2013, 11:36

Ray, so sorry to hear this.... my prayers are with you and yours

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Post by afterall » 21 Sep 2013, 11:59

Ray, so sorry for the loss of your father! So grateful you have shared his life with all of us. I am so glad to know the story of your father. I have reflected on it many times and shared it with my family and a few close friends. He was/is remarkable.

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Post by DarkJedi » 21 Sep 2013, 13:06

I'm truly sorry for your loss, Ray.
In the absence of knowledge or faith there is always hope.

Once there was a gentile...who came before Hillel. He said "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."

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Re: Good-Bye, Dad

Post by church0333 » 21 Sep 2013, 13:26

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I would love to bring over a dinner or do something but our on line ward doesn't lend itself very well to do that.

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Post by SilentDawning » 21 Sep 2013, 13:33

Condolences Ray...am very interested in how a person feels when this happens. This has never happened to me.

I read over your blog post. I got a feel for this man who was a capable leader yet let service and love for others overwhelm ambition he must have felt.

It was touching how you drew the analogy between "no cats in the house" and protecting his family like he did your mother.
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Re: Good-Bye, Dad

Post by Curt Sunshine » 21 Sep 2013, 14:03

Thanks, everyone.

This has been approaching for a couple of months, so there was no surprise, but, as my brother who has been caring for him said, "I thought I was prepared, but I'm not." I told him I am happy for my dad, but we still can grieve our loss.

Due to the generosity of a dear friend, my wife and I are going to be able to attend his funeral - and I am deeply grateful for that.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Post by Gerald » 21 Sep 2013, 14:09

A moving tribute ... All my sympathy to you and your family.
So through the dusk of dead, blank-legended And unremunerative years we search to get where life begins, and still we groan because we do not find the living spark where no spark ever was; and thus we die, still searching, like poor old astronomers who totter off to bed and go to sleep, to dream of untriangulated stars.
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Post by Mikedavis » 21 Sep 2013, 14:35

Ray. I am so sorry for your loss and so gratful for you sharing your Dad's story. If it is any help you can be assured that he has touched and perhaps even altered the lives of at least 5 people he had not even met.

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Re: Good-Bye, Dad

Post by turinturambar » 21 Sep 2013, 15:56

Ray,

My deepest sympathies for you and your family.
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