Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Father

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Was a great great guy. He was often described by his friends as "elegant," but he also had a tremendous sense of fun.




I find it very hard to sum up his life.


39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts are with you, lisa.
-wassamatta_u

Gothknits said...

Our deepest sympathies, Lisa. I remember all the stories you told of your Dad. Hang on to those memories.

Anonymous said...

Your Father was fortunate to have you and your Sister in his life. You are the living embodiment of his love. Please cry, mourn, remember, laugh, and eventually be happy for all your remembered experiences with him.

Susan and Frank/Grumpy Grinch

ArtGekko said...

Hugs and prayers for you and yours, Lisa.

-AG

Debbie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you Lisa. Thanks for all the great things you've told about your Dad. May those memories give you comfort now.

Lyn said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. May your treasured memories and the loved ones all around you bring you comfort.

DPQ said...

My deepest sympathies for your loss, Lisa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Dread Pirate Queen,
usually a lurker.

Kaaren said...

So sorry.

Anonymous said...

Love and hugs to you and your family Lisa.
gf

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your loss.
Buggylou

Eclipse said...

I am so sorry for your loss... my thoughts are with you and your family, Lisa.

Eclipse

Ladyaero said...

Wishing you peace, healing and happy memories that bring smiles through the tears.

Christie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know all too well what you are going through right now and really wish I didn't. May warm memories help you through this difficult time.
SJ Honey Bunny

Anonymous said...

It's hard to know what to say at a time like this, since words are inadaquate. I hope you and your sister are going to move through your grief and to be able to support each other and your mom and extended family during this time. I'm glad you were able to go get to see your dad and spend some time with him, in order to at least have known him a bit more before he left.

It's nice to know that he had good care in several forms before he died, he was clean, warm and fed, he got to live a long and colorful life, and produced a family...and that is more than most people can say. And had some pretty interesting "adventures" during the war, as well. He had to be smart and strong to survive what millions of others did not.

Good survival genes in the Lazar family, eh?

I hope you can go to the funeral if you are able to, and if not, you did go and spent time with him and the othersaround him while he was able to appreciate it.

Take one day at a time and it will become easier.
I've buried both my parents and it does get easier over time. Make sure you do NOT neglect yourself in your mourning. You've been too sick lately, and cannot ignore your responsibilities to yourself. This will make more sense to you later, if it doesnt now.

Thinking of you and Robb- Annalisa and Gary

Marmalade said...

Oh Lisa,
I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Knowing it's coming doesn't make it any easier. Big hugs and prayers to you and yours. Let your memories bring you comfort.
Marmalade

Knit Wit said...

Our sympathies are with you and your family. May your memories of your father strengthen you all during this time.

Jennie & Dave & cole & rae said...

Oh Lisa, I'm so sorry. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Lots of hugs, and please let us know if we can do anything - I know you're very far away from your family - can we bring you a homecooked meal?

lots of love,
Jennie, Dave, Cole & Rae

dianesteelequilts said...

Oh, Lisa, we're so sorry for your loss. Your father will always be in your heart and, you'll see, will still always be a comfort to you. You are in our thoughts.

~~Doublesaj & Old Blue~~

Becky said...

Oh, man. So sad. Your pop, from what I gathered from his delightful writings, was one in a million. I'm so sorry!

knitica said...

I'm so sorry, Lisa.

Sten said...

So sorry to hear this Lisa. Our thoughts are with you.

gollygee said...

My condolences Lisa. But think of what a great view of the birds he has now from heaven! :)

Mark and Sue said...

Lisa,

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. I have enjoyed reading about your special moments with your dad from older posts over the years.

Your hurt is an indication of how much you cared for him and, though you will always miss him, it will diminish. Once the pain lessens, the joy of those special memories will pour forth, and sustain you.

xoxoxo

Mark & Sue

Steve, Christa & Emily said...

Our hearts and prayers go to you in this difficult time, god bless.

Connfederate said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Lisa. Condolences and prayers,
Connfederate

ellen said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The relationship of father and daughter is such a special one, and it is so hard to let go. In time your memories will be a great comfort to you.

Anonymous said...

Lisa,
I am sorry to hear about his passing, I know that it is difficult.
In this society we do not learn how to grieve, and sometimes it can be surprising what form our grief takes.
Your father has moved on to his next adventure leaving a hole in your life.
You can fill that dad-shaped hole. It only takes time and sweet memories.
I wish for you strength and peace in your sorrow.
Ki
Spiralseekers

lli said...

My sincere condolences to you and Martha. Your dad was a remarkable person. May he live on in your memories and stories.

Lli

MommaWriter said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Lisa! And so glad to know you got to go see your dad before he was gone. Those opportunities are priceless and I hope you have some good memories of that time to go with the ones for those terrific old photos you've posted.

Stacey
(WyndRyders)

Anonymous said...

Lisa,

I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know it sounds like a cliche right now, but time really does heal. The pain fades, but the love remains. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

PBandJ

Kristen said...

I'm sorry to hear of his passing, Lisa. My thoughts go out to you.

Syndee said...

Lisa,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Death is so much worse on the living than the deceased. Even though you try to focus on how the person is in a better place, the pain from missing that person is pure agony. Hang onto the memories to get you through. Someday soon, you'll find him in the most obscure places and you'll smile knowing he's around you still.
Take care,
Syndee

greg & nicole said...

Lisa & Robb, our thoughts & prayers are with you...

terri said...

I just wanted to send you prayers and warm thoughts, peace and love.

John and Diane said...

So Sorry to hear about your dad. Glad you got to visit him recently though. Like others have said, be sure to make time for yourself and your grieving and take care of yourself.
-D

Sue KuKu said...

Here's an exchange from Grey's Anatomy:

Cristina: "There's a club. The Dead Dads Club. And you can't be in it until you're in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize. But until you feel that loss... My dad died when I was nine. George, I'm really sorry you had to join the club."

George: "I... I don't know how to exist in a world where my dad doesn't."

Cristina: "Yeah, that never really changes."

I'm a member of the Dead Dad's Club (when I was 33) and the Dead Mom's Club (when I was 19).

I'm 48 now, and I still miss them both.

Create in some way -- it can help and you are so creative. Take pictures, paint something, plant something, do something positive and creative with your immediate grief. It does help.

My prayers are with you.

Gina said...

Hey Lisa - I wrote this elsewhere but it appears to have disappeared, so I'm cross-posting here as well.

...I know this has been a long hard haul for all of you and I can't imagine all the gamut of emotions you're cycling through at the moment, particularly with everything else going on...But, Life is such a beautiful thing and everything you've posted and shared about your Dad shows that he was a man who loved all the beautiful small, glorious pleasures of life. He paid attention. A rare thing these days, except that it is also so very, very clear that he lives on in and through you and your art and love and attention and way of seeing and being in the world. The world is a better place for your presence and I thank your Dad for bringing you into it and instilling so much of what is wonderful about you. He was a special man - that is clear. And you are a special woman and I love you and am here for you whenever you want for whatever you want - a laugh, a cry, a silly a silly chat, a visit. I am keeping you in my heart right now - and always. xo Gina

Anonymous said...

Dearest Lisa - I'm so sorry to hear this news. I send you my love and hope you are surrounded with warmth and fond memories.

My deepest sympathy,
Cindy Croot

Eliza said...

I'm just catching up with your blog right now. I'm so sorry to read about your loss. It must be very hard. hugs.

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