Though you don't know me personally, I feel that you are all a part of my extended family. Some of you I've known a short while. Others, I've known for years. It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of my father tonight.

He immigrated to the US in the early 60's so he could make for a better life for his wife and family. He loved everything about America and could not be more patriotic if he were born here. He worked as a carpenter for 39 years. He loved to build things, including all the furniture and cabinets in our house.

Though alzheimer's diminished his memory at the end, his eyes lit up when he saw my mom and me earlier this morning.

Rest easy now, Papa. Sleep and dreams are yours now.