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Today marks a year since our Dad passed.
6 children, 6 grandchildren, one great grandbaby.
One living sister and many cousins,
One former partner, and ex-wife and various old loves…….. band mates, the road family including many admiring former Statesiders, so very many friends , life long friends and revelers, countless fans, deeply appreciative fans all feel the sting………fishing stories, and other tall tales some true some embellished over the years, but all hilarious,
a trail of jukebox classics, bar bands still playing Heart Over Mind and I Ain’t Never, a million miles of concerts that people are still talking about, Autographs signed, kisses for old ladies, kindnesses shown. Awards and accolades………there is all that.

There is also a bus that sits not running, a guitar that goes unplayed, his voice not singing here and a good yarn being spun that is not in this world anymore and yet some part of him lives with us……….. We feel his presence on the farm, on the dock, in the kitchen……...
I feel it out on the road, in the many venues we toured together, I know Sonny and Carrie feel it when they sing the old songs. Sonny’s delivery eerily conjuring him up with his passed down mannerism’s.
Hannah looks at old photos and gifts and sweet tattoo and remembers.
Cindy lovingly repaints his room a bright blue and hangs his pictures.
Connie cries and looks at the great grandbaby that carries some wonderful spark of that keen intelligence that was behind the comic.
How the others process it I do not know but I know we all marvel that it all happened maybe with some of the same awe that he expressed so many times,
that he was so damn lucky and was destined for the path he traveled.

He was not perfect. He was not one dimensional. As complicated and self-contradictory as anyone. But his good traits far outweighed the bad
and sometimes the best gift was just time spent sitting, talking, laughing and remembering.
and so today Dad in honor of you.....

We remember.
We miss you.
...

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