Good morning everyone…
I’m Shane Anne…the 3rd eldest daughter of Mac and Arline.
As we’re gathered here today, I want to share a few words to pay respect to my dad as we celebrate his life.
My dad had many different characteristics…Not only was he a loyal friend…a humorous uncle, brother, or cousin…a compassionate grandfather…a loving husband, He was also a kind-hearted and selfless father. His traditional values and principles he lived by caused him to come off as strict a father as well.
Growing up, I was told stories about me and my dad, which I vaguely remember. They had said when I was younger I was my “Dad’s tail”. I would follow him everywhere he went as if I was his shadow or I would sleep through the night with his loud snores as if it was a lullaby to my ears.
One memory of my dad that I want to share was when I was in the 6th grade. We had just gotten back from the grocery store, and as my dad was loading groceries in the house, I decided to ride my bike. My dad asked me to put my helmet, elbow, and kneepads on. Ignoring his request, I biked down the street without any safety gear on. I slid and fell on my left arm. I rushed in the house and didn’t tell my dad that I was hurt. I didn’t want him to get upset because I wasn’t wearing my safety gear while biking like he had asked me to. I eventually told my mom that my arm was hurting and she had told my dad. Expecting my dad to be upset, he saw me in pain and calmly asked me where I was hurt, applied bengay cream, and told me if it still hurt and I couldn’t take the pain, he would take me to see the doctor.
I tell this specific story because it reflects my relationship with him. Because no matter what mistakes were made, he would still show his compassion as a father.
One day if and when I become a parent…I’ll be sure to tell my kids what a great dad you were to me..what a great grandfather they would of had. I never told you, but you were my protecter…..my guidance….the one who pointed me in the right direction. My inspiration. I always wanted to make you proud. And I really never knew if you were. You always knew what was right for me, and I thank you for that. Thank you for everything you did for the whole family….for everyone who was around you. Thank you for being you…my dad.
Rest in paradise….you don’t have to struggle with any more pain…. You can rest now…
We’ll party again…..
I love and will ALWAYS miss you.