My father passed away last week unexpectedly.  There is no sugar coating that can go into that.  It hurts, and it hurts bad.

I feel somewhat guilty because I have have focused my entrepreneurial ancestry to my mother’s side of the family.  Yes, my mother’s grandfather was the founder of a company that is still in business today, but I know a lot more about the company that my father took over and that I worked for for several years.  My father was a generous man, and a man that I am proud to have the privilege of calling my father.

Never had it entered my mind that I would be the one responsible for writing my father’s obituary, but it was I who did it.  I did the best I could, and I am proud of what I wrote, and proud of my father for being the person he was that gave me things to write about.  I have called it both the easiest thing and the most difficult thing I have ever written.

I hoped that my parents would be the first two people to live forever.  Every child hopes for that.  Every child knows that it isn’t true, but we all choose to ignore it.

I wish he was still here.  He helped me in my times of troubles, he helped me more than he knew.  He set the best example for me to live up to for my children, and so far, I feel like I’m failing.


I have a lot of goals for 5Products5Days, but the one that stands out the most now is the goal of being able to provide for my children like my father did for me.


I love you dad, and I miss you.  I want to live up to the standard that you set.  I want to surpass it, to make you proud.  I know you were proud of me already.