Big Al, 1931-2023

I have been absent for a little while. My thoughts have been elsewhere. My dad entered end of life care a few weeks ago and died early on Tuesday morning, peacefully at home with my brother and sister beside him. I did get to visit the weekend before and I am so glad I made the trip. I was able to say goodbye, even though I’m not sure he knew I was there.

Here’s a picture from 2015 with all his American grandchildren and their spouses.

(The featured image at the top) is from April this year.

We will miss him.


  1. Kim Graham said:

    So sorry to hear that Catherine. I lost my mother on Halloween and know what you are going through. Hope your dad didn’t suffer. So good you could see him close to the end. I saw my mom in June, she lived in Evanston, IL and hoped to get there at the end but not able to. Take care!!!

    October 19, 2023
  2. Carol said:

    Catherine, I am so sorry to hear that your father has passed away, but I am grateful you were able to see him recently. You are in my thoughts, may you find peace and comfort in knowing you will be together again.

    October 19, 2023
  3. Lavern Schaap said:

    Catherine, So sorry to hear of Dad’s passing. Have always thought from your pictures he had the best smile. He showed his love for family in a very genuine way. Peace to you in this difficult time.
    Lavern (no E)

    October 19, 2023
  4. Betsy Shoiup said:

    It is hard when someone you love dies. I hope you have many happy memories and stories that you continue to share with your family. In this way you keep your loved one alive in your heart and mind.

    October 19, 2023
  5. Sharon Bourque said:

    May you be surrounded by much love and comfort of good friends and family.

    October 20, 2023

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