The Memories Pile Up

Times like this are never easy, but the love and respect shared by friends and colleagues dull the pain and even brings the occasional smile.

Our earliest picture together…him reading to me 56 years ago!

It’s interesting how much you learn about someone you thought you knew when you read what people say about them after they died.  I’ve been learning a lot about dad today.

When we boil it on down, life is about making memories and I hold a plethora of memories of dad in my heart. . .  the oldest one goes all the way back to 1963 when dad, my grandmother (his mother in law) and I were shopping in an S&H Green stamps store in Elizabeth, NJ. when the announcement was made that President Kennedy had been assassinated.  Not a happy memory, but a memory nonetheless.

One of our final,  happy memories that we shared almost a year ago was our last dinner, (mom too) at Tony Da Caneca Portuguese Restuarant in Down Neck Newark. It was one of his and my favorite places, He was already failing, but as you can see by the picture, he had a great time. Soon, there will be a return, memorial visit.

I hope the memories never fade away.

When dad died, there was nothing left to be said between us.  We both knew where we stood with each other and talked almost daily for as long as I can remember.  No regrets and I’m proud to be known as “Lenny’s son.” I only hope that I can live up to his legacy.

The funeral has been scheduled and you can find his obituary and service schedule by clicking on this link.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to The Memories Pile Up

  1. Sad news. My condolences. And I think you’re living up the legacy just fine. Peace.

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  2. josiesvoice says:

    Wonderful tribute to your dad.You are living proof and part of your Dad’s legacy.Now the torch has been passed to you. My thoughts and feelings about all that you and your family are going through is summed up with this song by Paul Anka(born in Canada but known world-wide for his music and singing prowess)—-Times of Your Life.


  3. P & J says:

    Ray, you are such a good son!
    Sending love and prayers to you and your family for comfort and peace.
    Jim & Phyllis

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I love the pictures Ray. I’m sorry for your loss. As a parent, leaving a child feeling the way you do, is what I would hope for. I hope for your comfort to be found in your memories and your faith.

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  5. Live & Learn says:

    Wonderful post Ray. My condolences.

    Liked by 1 person

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