It was Saturday, February 20, 2016 at around 11:00 p.m when we rushed my father to the hospital due to severe heart attack. I’m not going into details on what really happened that night in the ICU. It’s enough that you’ll know that he made it…until Tuesday, February 23 between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. It was the darkest morning of our life! Our father whom we always looked up as the strongest and the wisest, our hero gasping for his last breath. I was not with him when he pass away…I went home few hours before he left us for good. I can’t forgive myself for that! Had I known he won’t be there anymore when I get back…oh Pa, I am so terribly sorry!!! It never occurred to me , how much I could lose. I find myself wishing that it wasn’t true. I have no words to express the moment. It was simply unbearable!
With the passage of time his wonderful character seems to evolve in our eyes, especially as a caring father sensitive even to the tiniest of our needs and desires. To the world he was more than just a sincere and honest person, the integration of straightforwardness with his well meaning personality earned him the utmost regard in the society. His soft and consistent counseling filled with affection has touched us deeply, molding and shaping the developmental years of our life without curbing our inherent inclinations. Pa, thank you so much for the care and love you have bestowed. The understanding and support you have extended for whatever best we could achieve.
He was a loving husband (who meant everything to our mother). A very affectionate, selfless father, grandfather and great grandfather. He has been and will always remain a beacon of light for us, guiding us through the treacherous passage of life.
By nature he was a carefree person, with a very good sense of humor. He was a man of principles. Throughout his life, he stood tall for the righteous cause and never bowed to unscrupulous pressure. We feel privileged, blessed and very honored to have him as our father.
Pa, every time I think about what happened, pain is all that I feel. A million words would not bring you back, I know because I’ve tried. Neither would a million tears, I know because I’ve cried. But my heart tells me that somewhere around, you are always there with me. I am somehow glad that your suffering has ended and you feel no pain now, you live in a perfect land. I will love you and miss you forever, until the day we are again together. Together in the perfect place above, cherishing the old times with happiness and love. But until then…I promise to wipe my tears and smile, hoping to see you again someday. I love you so much Pa and thank you with all my heart!
Goodnight…let Angels take thee to thy rest.