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My Father's Casket

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Project by Operaman posted 08-08-2010 12:23 AM 3150 views 3 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father, only hero, fellow wood worker, and the most Godly man I have ever known lost an 11 year battle with cancer on June 2, 2010 at 7:27 AM EST. Resolute to the very last breath, concerned about those he was leaving behind, not about himself. I made this casket as my last and final respect to the man whom I had the honor of calling “pop”. My only regret that is that he didn’t live long enough to see it completed. On Thursday morning, June 3, I went to the funeral home and lovingly picked him up in my arms and placed his body inside on the pillows and white linen I had prepared for him; happy and honored to carry him the last mile of the way that he was unable to travel on his own.

I love and miss you pop. Rest in peace.

In loving and reverend memory of Johnny Foster Tinker
May 18, 1944 – June 2, 2010

(The casket is made of cypress and cherry/cherry crotch)

-- Cheers!





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Jimthecarver

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#1 posted 08-08-2010 12:28 AM

Im speachless…..this post touches home.

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 12:30 AM

As beautiful as your project is, it is paled in comparison, by the beauty of the love, and dedication you show for your father. I can only hope to honor my father as you have yours. God bless you, and your family.

-- [\/\/\/\/\/]

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 01:00 AM

Sorry to hear your lost, buts thats a beautiful casket.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 08-08-2010 01:10 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. I salute you for the respect and love you have shown your father. Thanks for sharing this touching story.

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#5 posted 08-08-2010 01:24 AM

My step-dad was more of a father than my biological father was. He went so far as to adopt us boys and give us his last name. All of try our best to bear that name with pride and honor. My dad was a great Tinnocker, a real craftsman who took pride in doing his best and teaching me to be also. I followed in his footsteps and became a Tinnocker too. After he passed away 20 years ago. I honor his memory every time I pick up a tool I remember him and his humor, wisdom and love for me and my 4 brothers, sister and my mom.
Your dad was very blessed to have a son like you. I love the casket you made and the way you honor your Pop. God bless you and I am very sorry for your loss.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#6 posted 08-08-2010 01:27 AM

I ‘m humbled by the love you show your father. This show us all how great your father walked his time on earth, by raising a son who honor his father with such class and dignity. Your father will always be by your side, trust me I know. God bless Scott your are a real man…BC

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 01:30 AM

Nice honor for your “Pop”....I am sorry for your lose.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#8 posted 08-08-2010 01:30 AM

Wife and I are stunned and speechless. This in my opinion is the greatest thing a son could do for his father. The love that is wrapped around him from your sweat and labor will be with him forever! God Bless you & your Family!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 08-08-2010 01:31 AM

Greetings Scott, They say that there is no greater loss than that of a child. But I also think that when you lose a parent it is just as hard, if maybe not harder. When you’re with or around them all your life, there’s no greater love than that of a mom and dad. I have lost both of my parents several years ago, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of them. It’s very hard to go on with life, but we do what we must. I’m very sorry for your loss. I know your dad would be very proud if he could see what you done for him in the building of this beautiful casket. I know it was built with loveing hands for a very special person in your life…........Sympithies to you.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 01:33 AM

You can give no greater honor or respect than you have. Very good work.

-- It is all in your perspective.

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#11 posted 08-08-2010 01:34 AM

nice project Scott, sorry to hear about your father, good to see you around LJ’s again

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

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#12 posted 08-08-2010 01:39 AM

Nice project, Sounds like your father was a great man.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#13 posted 08-08-2010 01:46 AM

That’s very touching.

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#14 posted 08-08-2010 01:47 AM

I’m so so sorry for your loss Scott what a wonderful tribute to the greatest man in your life

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 08-08-2010 01:50 AM

He’ll wear a smile for eternity, Scott. Proud of his son.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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