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Blog entry by mnpete posted 09-04-2012 01:58 AM 4411 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We just returned from Maryland a couple days ago. We laid my Dad to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on August 30th after having lost him on July 26th. He was my mentor in everything, including woodworking, so you’re reading the words of one very broken-hearted boy.

This is one of my lengthier posts, but I wanted to share a sampling of Dad’s woodworking. He wasn’t active in the online community aside from browsing the occasional forum from time to time.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 02:02 AM

sorry for your loss

live thru his memory
and teachings

-- 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 09-04-2012 02:03 AM

My deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. I was moved by your tribute and he will live on in the many wonderful things he made for others.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 02:13 AM

My father was my best friend (best man at my wedding). Three years after losing him, I have questions for him every day. I can only imagine the answers. Great tribute. Never forget.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 02:35 AM

Your dad would be so very proud of your tribute and, your obvious love for him.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 09-04-2012 02:45 AM

Thanks guys. He was an amazing man and Dad.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 02:55 AM

I’m so sorry to hear of your great loss. Fathers have a place in their son’s hearts. And he sure had a place in yours. Hold on to the memories. I wish your family well in these times.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 09-04-2012 03:02 AM

Sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing this story it makes one sit down and appreciate the finer things in life, our loved ones and memories we will always cherish…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 09-04-2012 11:22 AM

Pete, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your tribute is a great piece and a fine way to remember him. Looks as if he has left a multitude of items behind for everyone. I can only imagine how nice and yet how hard the Arlington funeral was, I have attended only one there and it was for a coworker/mentor of mine, truly an experience.

I am sure his memories and teachings will live on, I wish you all the best.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 09-04-2012 11:57 AM

So very sorry for your loss Pete.

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

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#10 posted 09-04-2012 12:55 PM

My condolences on your loss. What a moving tribute. You will have so many precious memories that he will never be gone from your life.

-- Kepy

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#11 posted 09-04-2012 04:01 PM

Sorry for your loss. I lost my dad on Pearl Harbor day of ‘07. He was a retired Marine (Mustang of course) Captain.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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