My Eulogy for my father, at his Funeral, Given 10/28/2019. (See his obituary here)
the soul of wit[i],
and I’ll endeavor to be both.
all for coming today to share in this celebration of the Mass, and my Dad’s life.
I can think of no better way to honor him than through a Mass. He was a loyal
son of the Church. At he bedside, where he spent his last night at home, I
found his Missal. On the cover, was the Christogram, HIS, which comes from the
Latin, In Hoc Signo, or Under This Sign, a reference to Jesus[ii].
He clearly lived under this sign.
mourn the passing of our Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, mentor, friend
and golfing buddy; colleague; Boss.
simply my dad. A great business and community leader, to be sure, but I
remember was him as a father who taught by example.
example of hard work, and his relentlessness
example of charity, especially to the Church, a certain University[iii],
and to Habitat for Humanity Collier County
example of faith, like going to 630 mass every day during lent before going to
work. Even when running a Multi-Billion $ business.[iv]
the family, all of us, by his example. His example will wake up the echoes[v]
for years to come.
two weeks have brought many happy memories of flooding back.
- In the seventies, mowing the lawn at
927 Cliffwood Lane, which was at a 45-degree angle, in Bermuda shorts, dark
socks, and a Tshirt.
- Standing at the top of the stairs,
Dad shouting “Where’s my gold pen!”. (When cleaning out his things over the
past 2 weeks, I found them. Dad, they were under your desk.[vi]
- Driving a car Connecticut to Florida
and listening the same Prairie Home Companion 5 times.
Bill and David:
neglected putting this together for all too long now. I guess that I haven’t
been willing to face up to the fact that my old ticker has more miles on it
than is normal for my model year.
Shakespeare reference for Dad, who enjoyed the quotes in my thesis
IHS is also a reference to the transliterated name of Jesus from the Greek.
Ever defiant, this was needling both David and Dad a bit.
And he dragged me to Mass more than few times.
And yet one must pay respect to his love for said University
This is true.
I got this, most likely, from Fr. Brendan McGuire. But Wikipedia confirms it.
I included this to create a bridge to his mother, to whom the same thing