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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-29-2009 02:41 PM 1647 reads 0 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while, my Friends…
Two weeks ago today, I posted the latest in my “Just for Fun” series. In the comments section, Patron and A1Jim had pulled my leg a little about the length. The “Apology” I gave them, though sincere, was tongue in cheek, meant to tug their legs right back. I had intended to explain this but…
Shortly after Midnight that night, my Mother called me to say my Dad was “not himself”. He slipped to the floor trying to lie down on the couch. After another call or two, an Ambulance was called, and I went up to the Family House at 2:00 AM to stay with Mom.
There followed a week of great anxiety and concern… My Dad suffered from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), which is a sort of “umbrella” term for a variety of ailments related to difficult breathing. He was afflicted with this for over ten years. Oxygen, Nebulizers, Inhalers, and a few hospital stays were the prescribed treatment. Our thoughts were, that this was just another “visit” to the hospital…
But on Friday of that week, the Doctors called a “Family Meeting”. We were told his lungs were failing, no longer absorbing Oxygen. Their recommendation was a life support apparatus but my Dad himself said that he did not want this. On Sunday he slipped out of consciousness and on Monday, December 21, 2009, I was at his side when my Father George passed away. He was 76 years old.
There then ensued a few days of arrangement making. My Dad’s wishes were to be cremated and I humbly offered one of my Rosewood boxes to house his Ashes.
On the Morning of the 23rd I made an insert box to keep them safe.Inside Box of UrnBung HoleFuneral Urn for my Father
We had a single calling hour followed by the funeral service at the funeral home on Saturday, the 26th. The turn-out was amazing, around 250. Dad was a quiet man and somewhat of a loner, but it seems he touched many, many people’s lives over the years…
His Ashes were interred yesterday morning in the Family Plot.
There are no words to express all that this Man meant to me or how much he had taught me in my life. Scarce is the subject or discussion that arises that I don’t wonder what my Dad would think or say about it. I’ll miss him and his brilliant perspectives, commentaries, and advice tremendously…My Dad in 1979. 45 years old. My Father George November 17, 1933 – December 21, 2009

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 02:58 PM

mike ,
once again , let me say that i am so sorry for your and your family’s loss .
my prayers are with you all .
thank you for responding to the pm i sent you during that time ,
you have been in my thoughts throughout this .
from all of your posts in the past ,
it has been evident how much you have cherished your family ,
your love is evident ,

he may be gone ,
but not forgotten .

thank you for sharing this with us !

God bless .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 03:01 PM

sorry to hear about your loss … my heart goes out to you and family

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 03:07 PM


Mimi and I send our heart felt condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 03:09 PM

My sincere condolence on the loss.
Our life, our joy, our success even the world would never the same again without mom/papa. I’m without both long ago.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 03:10 PM

Very sorry to hear of your loss. I’m sure he will be watching over you in your shop like my uncle and grandfather do for me.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 03:31 PM

Mike, My deepest sympathies, my thoughts are with you, and your family. It sounds like your Father was loved by many, and will be deeply missed.
Take care, and let us know if you need anything.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 03:39 PM

Sorry for your loss, what an honor to be able to provide on of your boxes.

-- Jeff,

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 03:39 PM

Very sorry about your dad. My condolences to you and your family.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 03:41 PM

My condolences, I am so sorry after hearing the passing of your Dad he was way to young, my Dad was 75 and I still miss him so much but life has to go on, I wish you the best my friend.

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 03:43 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the death of your Dad. It is at times like these that we realize just how powerful a man he was. I’m sure that having so many people acknowledge his life was gratifying to you and your mom.
Being buried in one of your boxes is the ultimate gift of love from a son and woodworker. I’m sure he was very proud of you and will watch over you and your mom from above.
Again, my deepest sympathies, my friend.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 04:03 PM

My condolences on the loss of your father. The rosewood box is a great way to commemorate those conversations and the relationship.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 04:07 PM

mike i am so sorry to hear of the death of your father

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 04:08 PM

Here’s to your late Dad my friend.
May he have an extra comfortable place up there.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#14 posted 12-29-2009 04:11 PM

Mark, words alone cannot express how we really feel at the passing of a loved one or how much we truly share in your grieving. Time will heal the pain but not erase the memories. Thank you for sharing this, we’ve all been here and know what you and your mother are feeling still.You box is a really sincere tribute.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#15 posted 12-29-2009 04:13 PM

Mike I’m sorry for your loss of your father. The sympathoy of my wife, my self and my family go out to you. May His presence always reasure you of His albiding love.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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