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Just One More Time

He was a man of few words who spoke with a quiet confidence.

Father’s Day will be here soon – a time to reflect and remember my dad. He was a man of few words who spoke with a quiet confidence. Rare times he told stories that have become family favourites, that we now tell.

He taught me to appreciate life and the simple things. Material possessions were not the most important things, but rather the reason you worked to get the necessities needed to live. “Waste not, want not” was his philosophy. Living through the Depression and raising three children with our mother, made him appreciative of what he had, no matter how little. Things were always recycled, reused and repaired. Food was never wasted, and we knew that we left the table only after our plates were clean.

Some of the qualities that he lived by were:

Live simply

Be humble

Waste nothing

Love unconditionally

Respect others

Be patient

Always do your best

Be cheerful

Help others

Be thankful in all situations

On this Father’s Day I will again thank God for this wonderful man I was privileged to call my dad. He was my protector, provider and friend, whose life exemplifies the countless fathers who are also heroes in their own homes all over the world. On this Father’s Day don’t forget to show your father just how much he means to you.

My dad succumbed to cancer 15 years ago at the age of 74, leaving a void in my life no one can fill. He knew how much he was loved and respected, but I would love to be able to tell him how much he meant to me…. just one more time. – Joanne Rawluk writes from Gypsumville, Manitoba

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