Happy Fathers’ Day

Hi everyone,

There have been some tender memories of fathers expressed this week on Facebook. Lots of good pictures too. My father, John Alexander Harrison, 8/23/1911 – 12/6/1989, lives still in a part of me that I visit often. He was my first mentor, my hero who carried me on his shoulders, built snowmen with me, took me sledding, and goofed up so much when he read stories to me that I had to be on my toes all the time to correct his outrageous errors.

The night he died of a heart attack, my parents were here with us to celebrate Sandy’s parents’ anniversary. When Dad excused himself from the table and went to bed, we worried. Later that evening he died in my arms as Mom and I cradled him on the bedroom floor. He was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after midnight so his death certificate gives the date as 12//7/89.

I never heard one person say one bad word about my father. If that isn’t setting the bar high, I don’t know what is. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I miss you.

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12 comments on “Happy Fathers’ Day

  1. David, this is so moving – thank you for sharing these memories. In Jewish tradition, when we remember a loved one who has died, we say, “May his memory be a blessing.” Clearly your father’s is just that. I wish you a happy Father’s Day – and many blessings.

  2. I’m sorry for what is always a terrible loss, but glad you were there with him, David. Having a good father is a blessing. I imagine I can tell he was wonderful through knowing his son. Happy Father’s Day to you!

  3. and to think that that good man held tiny you in his arms at the beginning of your life & those pink baby arms of yours ended up holding your father, at the end of his. I’ll only add that my dad’s circulation was such, at the end that he couldn’t move his arms or much of anything else, but he could still smile, which he did, before falling asleep. sweet dreams, dear all our dads, off in the crystal blue beyond

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