August 4, 1945—March 19, 2002.
My mother stood by his left side, stroking his shoulder. My sister held his right hand, and I his left. Dad quietly stopped breathing at 5:31 p.m.
We were not surprised. We'd had several hours of warning.
Dad is no longer in pain. For this, I smile.
My father was a founding member of the Tull fire department, and it was one of the things that he cared about most. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: