Memories of Our Fathers: A Father’s Day Tribute

For Father’s Day, we gathered favorite memories and advice from our residents and team members to share. We hope you enjoy. Happy Father’s Day!

Charles (resident) – “My father and mother sacrificed everything so my brother and I could get a great education and go on to medical school to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. He was in WWI and one thing he told me that I have always remembered is: Your country doesn’t owe you anything but you owe everything to your country.”

Rhonda (team member) – “My father passed away much too soon at the age of 56 years old. What I learned most from his sweet, quiet, unassuming personality was to have tolerance for others (I try, but don’t always succeed at this). I never heard him utter an unkind word about anyone and he was always my tower of strength whenever I needed it the most. He worked as a Drafting Engineer with a very strong artistic talent and the desire to someday be a Disney artist or possibly a pool shark, he loved to play pool. My dad will always be my hero and one of the brightest people I’ve ever known and I miss his lighting the way every day.”

Windsor (team member) – “This will be my first Father’s Day without my father. Joy trumps my sadness as I know he is pain free and dancing on the streets of gold! I praise God for His mercy, grace and peace in knowing we will see each other again one day!”  Happy Father's Day - tie and well wishes

Mark and Lu Anne – “Our Dad Lou (resident) was fortunate to go to college on a basketball scholarship. His father, our Abuelo (born/raised in Spain) was very proud of his only child (of six) who earned his own way through college, and always encouraged him prior to each game with, “¡Espirtu, Tumba, y Vira!”. Translated to English that means: “Have spirit, knock ’em down, and roll ’em over!” Dad continues to use this saying, when encouraging his own children and grandchildren, whether playing sports, or attempting any new achievement/milestone. ¡Espirtu, Tumba, y Vira! will be used in years to come, we’re sure, and will continue to bring encouragement and motivation to do our best, in all areas of our lives. Much love and thanks to our wonderful Dad on Father’s Day…and every day!”

Annette (resident) – “My father was a gentleman farmer and he taught me patience in growing things. He prepared the ground, planted the seeds and in a little time life presented itself in little green leaves. I have happy memories of patting the bird dogs on the head and saying goodbye to my chickens. My father and I got on our horses and took a ride over our farm”

Tom (team member) – “My dad was a very loving and supportive father. My dad looked for humor in almost everything he did. He taught us to be strong and always look at the bright side of things no matter how hard life could be at times. My dad was a great example of how to be a loving and demonstrative father. He was a very hard worker and taught all of us a great work ethic. He also taught us to challenge ourselves in all we do. Because of my father I have inherited his great example of being a strong and loving dad and am raising my kids the same way. I support my kids’ independent thinking and am grateful for their faith and humor.” father and son sitting under the tree on spring lawn

Lydia (team member) – “My Daddy Juan retired 5 years ago from driving a semi-truck. As a child I used to chase him as he left me at home crying to go with him. He always wanted me to learn how to drive an 18 wheeler so I did try it while living in Long Island, New York but it just wasn’t for me. Whenever I visit Puerto Rico now he still likes for me to climb the fruit trees and pick him the fresh fruit. Daddy gave me good advice – to always be responsible, work hard and don’t have too many kids. I love him as a father and he is my best friend who I can always count on. Best daddy in the whole world.”

Shawn (team member) – “When I was 8 years old my father and I were walking in the parking lot of a gas station. I didn’t see him do it but he reached over and looped his finger inside my back belt loop and gave me a little lift. For a few steps I felt like I was walking on air. That’s part of a father’s job, to make his children feel like they are walking on air!”






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